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With a grim Brexit budget, Hammond hushes critics for now

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The right-wing Daily Mail newspaper on Thursday declared Mr Hammond was "Eeyore no more!", referring to the glum donkey from A A Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books. "I've never been gloomy, I'm a pragmatist. I take the world as it is," Mr Hammond told BBC radio on Thursday.

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A GRIM Brexit budget that slashed growth forecasts but gave young voters a tax break on buying their first property may have placated critics of British finance minister Philip Hammond, at least for now.

Mr Hammond was under intense pressure

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