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A British Cabinet member admitted on Friday “I don’t know where Boris is” as the prime minister went on holiday, in a week that saw the Bank of England warn of a year-long recession approaching.

Boris Johnson has been spending a belated honeymoon with his wife Carrie since Wednesday, according to Downing Street.

Aides said he remained in command, rather than temporarily handing him over to Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, but they declined to confirm the honeymoon destination.

The UK Embassy in Ljubljana confirmed that Johnson was on a private visit to Slovenia.

Johnson will have plenty of time on his hands after September 6, when he is set to hand over either Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak as Conservative leader, but decided to take a breather sooner.

Finance Minister Nadim Zahawi is also spending a holiday this week, and the opposition Labor Party accused the two largest members of the government of “missing at work”.

“I don’t know where Boris is, but I’m in constant contact with him,” Business Minister and supporter Truss Kwasi Kwarting told Radio Times.

He said he exchanges WhatsApp messages with both Johnson and Zahawi “all the time”, and insisted that criticism the government does not do about the economic crisis was “false”.

Zahawi said he had been in contact with Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey on Thursday after the central bank raised interest rates from 1.25 to 1.75 percent, the biggest rise in 27 years.

The bank is trying to rein in soaring inflation, which it warned could peak at 13.3 per cent, as it forecast that the British economy will enter a recession in the fourth quarter that will last until late 2023.

“For me, and I’m sure many others, there is no such thing as a holiday and it doesn’t work. I didn’t get that in the private sector nor in the government,” Zahawi said in a statement.

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Foreign Minister Truss and Sonak, Zahawi’s predecessor as adviser, clashed again over how to tackle the crisis in a televised debate late Thursday.

“The reality is that we are facing a recession if we continue with our trade policies as usual,” Truss, who leads opinion polls for Conservative Party members, told reporters on Friday.

It is planning an emergency budget to cut taxes immediately to combat the cost of living crisis, and to review the Bank of England’s independent mandate to fight inflation.

But Sunak said tax cuts financed by more borrowing would force the bank to raise interest rates further, insisting on the need to maintain fiscal rigor and tame price pressures first.

Former Cabinet Secretary Liam Fox, who supports Sunak, has warned of “magic solutions” through debt-financed tax cuts as suggested by Truss.

Later on Friday, the two candidates were due to host another event in front of Conservative Party members, who have until September 2 to vote.

In Thursday’s Sky News debate, Truss was forced to back down after the argument highlighted her changing positions over the years, including a major policy shift this week over public sector salaries.

But Sunak also faced embarrassment after a video emerged of him telling the Tory grassroots in wealthy Kent last week that he, as an adviser, had shifted government money away from “disadvantaged urban areas”.

In the video obtained by New Statesman on Friday, Sunak only emphasized the need to shift the focus of government aid to other cities and rural areas, his campaign said.

But Labor MP Lisa Nandy said: “This leadership race reveals the true colors of the Conservatives.

“It is shameful that Rishi Sunak openly boasts that he has fixed the rules for channeling taxpayer money to burgeoning conservatives.”

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