How is Philip Hammond going to make a silk purse out of this sow’s ear?

The UK is the slowest-growing advanced economy on earth, official statistics confirmed on Friday.

GDP grew at just 0.2 per cent in the first three months of the year; down from 0.7 per cent in the previous quarter, and confirming previous estimates, the Office for National Statistics reported.

This means that the UK economy, which had held up better than expected in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, is now lagging behind all of the other countries in the G7 group of advanced nations and all other European countries.

(Source: UK is the worst-performing advanced economy in the world, official figures confirm)

Whatever he says, it’ll be too late because Marcus Chown got there first:

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