Spring in our step or long winter ahead? The UK economy on Brexit eve

Monday 4 March 2019 Public Finances and the Economy

Coming a fortnight before Britain is scheduled to leave the EU, the upcoming Spring Statement will provide an important health check on the UK economy as we prepare to depart. But looking into the future poses challenges for any forecaster wrestling with the recent growth slowdown and the uncertainty of what form Brexit will eventually take.

Is the UK economy ‘match-fit’ for Brexit as the Chancellor promised it would be? How will the twin challenges of economic uncertainty here in the UK and weaker global growth feed through to households? What do the public think of the economic prospects for themselves and the country as Brexit approaches?

At an event at its Westminster offices, the Resolution Foundation presented new analysis of the economic outlook ahead of the Spring Statement. A panel of experts then debated what the Chancellor should expect from the OBR, how global conditions may weigh on the UK economy, and what the public think unprecedented political turbulence means for our economic future. An audience Q&A followed.

Speakers

Chris Giles, Economics Editor at the Financial Times

Karen Ward, Chief Market Strategist for EMEA at J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Deborah Mattinson, Founding Partner of Britain Thinks

Matt Whittaker, Deputy Director of the Resolution Foundation

Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation