United Kingdom cuts growth forecast

Hammond made changes to the apprenticeship levy system which will affect every sector within leisure

Yet, while he said the forthcoming Spending Review, supposedly spanning three years, will encompass policing as well as social care, education and local government, there was a clear caveat.

"This would absorb nearly half the government's current headroom of 1.2 per cent of GDP against the fiscal mandate, as well as making a balanced budget harder to achieve", it added, responding to finance minister Philip Hammond's spring budget statement.

Philip Hammond referred to the British economy as "remarkably robust" during today's Spring Statement.

Hammond told politicians he would be able to relax his grip on the public finances if they spared Britain the shock of leaving the world's biggest trading bloc without an agreement.

"I hoped we would do that last night, but I am confident that we, as a House, will do it over the coming weeks".

Mr Hammond used his Spring Statement to warn that a disorderly Brexit would deal a "significant" blow to economic activity in the short term.

Lawmakers were expected to vote later on Wednesday against a leaving the European Union without a transition deal, then vote on Thursday on seeking a delay to Britain's departure, now scheduled for March 29.

On Tuesday, parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit plan for a second time, little more than two weeks before the scheduled date of departure from the EU.


Despite this year's downgrade Mr Hammond said: "Cumulative growth over the five years is now slightly higher than the Budget forecast".

The IFS said the United Kingdom economy would have been about 2% bigger without the Brexit vote.

"This is up from £15.4 billion in October, as the fiscal costs of the temporary near-term cyclical weakness of the economy have been swamped by the fiscal gains from higher income tax and lower debt interest spending".

Hammond revealed in his Spring Statement that the forecast for the country's growth in 2019 was 1.2 percent, the weakest since 2009, a sharp drop from the 1.6 percent predicted in the his budget last October.

Britain will have a £26.6-billion (RM143.92-billion) war chest to battle the potential damage of its exit from the European Union, a government oversight body said.

IFS director Paul Johnson noted that Brexit and its unknown outcome had seen Hammond hold back on significant spending announcements based on better-than-expected tax revenue.

Mr Hammond said rejecting an immediate no-deal Brexit and extending Article 50 could help find a "deal we can collectively support".

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