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UK may need to borrow $65bn to boost post-Brexit economy

Staff Writer | August 23, 2016
Additional UK government investment in infrastructure is the best type of fiscal response to falling growth, as the country will have a sharp slowdown in growth in 2017.
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Britain   The UK pound plunged around 10% against the dollar
This is according to HSBC. The report authored by Simon Wells and Liz Martins, and which was obtained by The Financial Times newspaper, said that additional UK government investment in infrastructure is the "best type of fiscal response" to falling growth, as the country will have a "sharp slowdown" in growth in 2017.

The United Kingdom faces a "choice between enacting near-term economic stimulus at the possible cost of storing up problems for future governments or taking near-term economic pain and the potential for higher future prosperity," the report concludes.

On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union.

According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

In the fallout from the referendum result, the UK pound plunged around 10 percent against the dollar, falling from $1.48 per pound to around $1.3 per pound, its lowest level since 1985.


 

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