Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has seized on the Chancellor's admission that the UK economy will be smaller by a huge £45 billion than was estimated as recently as March.
Vince Cable said:
“The economy will be £45 billion smaller in 2021 than predicted as recently as March. And that is the least worst case scenario.
“Philip Hammond might as well have sat down and stopped talking once he announced this slump in growth figures.
“Britain has gone from top of the growth league to deep into the relegation zone, with each person set to be £687 worse off per year.
"The OBR has revised down future earnings, productivity and household consumption.
“The worst part is much of this damage is self-inflicted, with the hard Brexit this government is pursuing."