Economic Outlook - 2017, a fresh start or more of the same?
25 January 2017
2017 is the year in which it is proposed Article 50 will be triggered starting the United Kingdom’s two year withdrawal process from the European Community. It also sees the 45th President of the United States taking office and General Elections being held in France and Germany later in the year. China and Russia continue to be beset by problems and remain unpredictable world players. By the end of this summer therefore the geopolitical landscape and all that flows from this could look very different.
No doubt here in the UK our main focus will be on the Brexit process, the threats and opportunities likely to arise, the way the gove rnm ent legislates and the effect on the economy and business. Immigration and perceptions of its effects on the UK will continue to be a major issue.
So what should companies be thinking about as we look forward to a further period of uncertainty and what are the key strategic activities to concentrate on?
Roger Bootle was one of a very small number of respected economists who supported the UK leaving the EU and he will share his thoughts with us, particularly asking:
• What are the real consequences of Brexit for the UK and what ‘bumps in the road’ might we expect?
• What is the future of the EU and its remaining members?
• How might the newly elected US President influence the global economic outlook?
Against this background, Roger will be flexible in his approach to his presentation, picking up on topical issues and events and suggesting how these might impact on economic and business prospects.
As ever, there will be time set aside for questions and discussion.