Brexit Poses Major Economic Challenges for UK and Eurozone



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One such notable event in Europe was a popular referendum vote in June 2106 by UK citizens in favor of “Brexit,” or a departure from the European Union. A shock to the financial system, the vote had a tumultuous impact on major markets, with stock markets roiling. In a flight to safety, the pound fell to decade lows, while the Japanese yen and US Treasury notes gained strength.

Despite these immediate effects, economists predict that the most profound impact will be felt further down the road, as the UK unwinds its complex membership in an organization that encompasses all aspects of trade and worker flow among EU member countries. In particular, the UK, which relies on financial services for much of its trade surplus, will have a more difficult time providing essential banking services to clients across the continent. At the same time, the Eurozone will face large-scale structural challenges that may put the continued existence of the EU in question.


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