This has been an unusual Budget — moved to a Monday from its traditional Wednesday reportedly because the Chancellor’s advisers thought delivering it on Halloween would lead to some scary headlines.
It also comes exactly six months before the UK is set to leave the EU and with a warning that a disorderly Brexit could mean that Philip Hammond (or his successor) will have to scrap these plans and prepare a completely new Budget.
Although that remark by the Chancellor was promptly contradicted by Number 10 with a commitment that all spending set out in the Budget will be delivered “irrespective of a deal” on Brexit.
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