The Chancellor will reveal his plans for the year ahead next Wednesday, November 22, before the House of Commons.
Simon said: “The Chancellor is drinking in the last chance saloon. This is the final full Budget before Brexit and comes as negotiations with the EU reach crunch point.
‘Spreadsheet Phil’ must get his numbers right to ensure that we have an economy fit for Brexit whatever the outcome, and that includes setting aside more funding for a ‘no deal’ scenario.
“It means greater support for businesses, including measures to boost investment and productivity, so they are ready to fully grasp the great opportunities on offer once we are out of the EU.
“One of the simplest yet most effective things the Chancellor could do at the despatch box is strike a positive tone to reflect our optimism in a post-Brexit Britain and show negotiators in Brussels that we are embracing the future with confidence with or without a deal on trade.
“Our economy has performed strongly since the referendum and now is the time to show the world that we will be open, ready and keen for business the moment final Brexit papers are signed.”