Stuart P. Quint, CFA, Senior Investment Manager & International Strategist
On this week’s podcast (recorded March 1, 2016), Stuart takes to the mic to discuss what the impact could look like should Britain exit the European Union (EU).
- On June 23, the United Kingdom (UK) will hold a referendum on whether to remain or exit the EU.
- The consensus leans towards the UK staying put, but polls in recent general elections were wrong.
- The UK has more to lose from “Brexit” than the EU, but it could also highlight other cracks in Europe.
Markets have reacted by selling off UK markets, particularly the British pound, in light of the impending uncertainty and potential adverse impact of a “yes” for Brexit. So what potential impact could there be for the UK?
- Direct trade – the EU accounts for roughly half of UK imports and exports; potentially three million jobs at stake¹.
- Scottish independence – Scotland is more sympathetic to the EU and could seek another referendum for their independence from Britain; they currently make up roughly 40% of UK’s GDP.
- Multinational headquarters – could start vacating out of London; banking sector could reduce operations in UK and uproot to Frankfort or Paris, as well as Asia.
What’s the potential impact to the EU?
- Trade – while not as impactful, a UK departure is still negative especially with tepid economic growth in Europe
- Political risks – France elections in 2017 could see more impetus to opposition party of Marine Le Pen, which is of an anti-Europe mindset; Catalonian desire to secede from Spain could be rekindled
- Economics – Europe’s focus on broader economic and national security issues could become complicated
Please click here to listen to the full recording
 Webb, Dominic and Matthew Keep, In brief: UK-EU economic relations (Briefing Paper Number 06091, House of Commons Library), 19 January 2016, page 3 accessed on www.parliament.uk/commons-library on March 1, 2016.
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