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Budget 2017: Hammond to 'seize opportunities' from Brexit

Budget 2017: Hammond to 'seize opportunities' from Brexit

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The UK must "seize the opportunities" from Brexit while tackling deep-seated economic challenges "head on", Philip Hammond is to say in his second Budget.The chancellor will promise investment to make Britain "fit for the future" as an "outward looking, free-trading nation" once it leaves the EU in 2019.But he will also commit to supporting hard-pressed families with the cost of living and address housing shortages.Labour say he should call time on austerity and boost public services.In his Commons speech, which will begin at about 12:30 GMT, Mr Hammond will set out proposed tax and spending changes.He will also update MPs on the current state of the economy, future growth projections and the health of the public finances.He has been under pressure in recent months from sections of his par...