A surprisingly jokey Chancellor promised a future full of opportunities, with Britain at the forefront of a new technological revolution and with an economy that continues to out-perform its detractors while creating jobs. The OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility), he pointed out, is forecasting another 600,000 people in work by the 2020s.

Brexit

While emphasising that his Budget was about more than Brexit, Philip Hammond set aside an extra £3 billion for preparing for the UK's departure from the EU — covering all eventualities as he put it.

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