MPs are lining up to point out something extraordinary about the budget [TWEETS]

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MPs are lining up to point out something extraordinary about the 2017 Budget: there was not a single mention of Brexit.

SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson was shocked:

There was not one word, even though the Prime Minister is starting the official Brexit process within two weeks. Theresa May plans [paywall] to invoke Article 50 towards the end of this month.

Labour MP Ian Murray was equally surprised:

The omission will feed into the perception that the government has no real plan for the biggest issue facing the UK economy. In November, a leaked government document stated that “no common strategy has emerged”. It also warned that the 500+ Brexit projects were “beyond the capacity and capability” of Theresa May’s administration. The Conservative government issued the report, according to The Times.

On the budget, Labour MP Stella Creasy could only joke:

Meanwhile, the SNP’s Treasury spokesperson was also shocked:

And other commentators expressed dismay, too:

The Chancellor just sent out the budget for the next year without even mentioning Brexit. Surely, leaving the EU should be the focus of the ruling government’s budget for 2017? But there is no plan, no imagination, and no values.

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