Brexit and the implications on exchange rates
27 June, 2016 09:48
Brexit and the implications on exchange rates
It’s a historic moment that will change the course of history for the people of the UK. For the last 43 years the UK has been a member of the EU which has shaped the way they trade, travel and interact with our neighbour economies. Since last Friday, this is all about to change.
The UK have made the decision to withdraw from the EU, undoing decades of economic, social and political foundations. Today is the first time in history any country might invoke article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, the UK is the first country ever willing to withdraw its membership from the EU.
David Cameron made his speech on Friday 24th and has announced he will be resigning in October.
With so much uncertainty ahead in terms of how political and economic uncertainties go, how will Sterling cope with such a huge change in direction?
Picture: Result of the referendum by regional voting areas.
Blue= Majority Leave votes;
Yellow= Majority Remain votes.
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