Britain is in a precarious predicament, what with concerns over a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit boiling over. Prime Minister Theresa May has set April as the deadline by which she wishes to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
This will initiate a 2-year process of extrication from the European Union. Without a framework of sorts in place, British banks and companies, alongside foreign-based corporations, are feeling tremendous anxiety.
On Monday, 23 January 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May laid out the government’s industrial strategy at a conference in northwest England. At the heart of UK industrial strategy is a promise to increase leading sectors while closing the gap between unproductive sectors and productive sectors.
The UK economy needs a guiding hand.
In the wake of the Brexit referendum, the UK economy needs a guiding hand, and the British government has pledged to take an active part in it.
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) January 23, 2017
Britain Seeks Global Trade Agreements with Asia and the US
British business has been flailing since the shock Brexit referendum on June 23, 2016. The corporate sector and the private sector are looking for a steadying influence to allay their fears. May has been hard at work trying to assuage corporate Britain after grueling speeches on tax dodging and misconduct in the corporate sector. Nonetheless, she is a firm proponent of free markets and a defender of capitalism.
The decision to break from the European Union means that Britain will not be subject to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), and Britain will no longer have unfettered free access to the single market. However, Britain will regain control of its borders.
A global Britain is one which has external agreements with multiple economies outside of the European Union. The EU bubble that Britain existed in will now expand to include countries across Asia and the United States. This will not take place until 2019 when the Brexit has concluded and Britain is officially out of the European Union.
However, her global perspective is limited when it comes to the City of London. Prime Minister May has been entrusted with leading the United Kingdom out of the EU. The Brexit is a contentious issue, but one that MPs have agreed to abide by. If the UK leaves the customs union and the single market, the fate of the City of London remains in doubt.
Prime Minister May wants the City of London to retain its status as the center of economic activity in Europe. At the same time, she wants to seal up Britain’s borders and seek alternative relationships with trading partners elsewhere.
Theresa May will seek a complete break from the EU.
May was unequivocal in her comments about a Brexit: She does not want partial membership of the European Union, will not be half in and half out, and will seek a complete break from the EU. She has reiterated these sentiments on numerous occasions, leading many to believe that this is indeed the new direction of the UK.
What Future Investment Opportunities Will Be Available in Britain?
Unbeknownst to many, Prime Minister May is in fact a lot more conservative than pundits give her credit for. She campaigned to oppose a Brexit, but her appointment as Prime Minister has been guided by her views on immigration and trade.
There is a perception in Britain that membership of the EU was done for economic reasons alone. On the European continent, the European Union was formed for many reasons, including emotional reasons after the Second World War. Leading analysts believe that Britons may have underestimated the importance of the EU for Europeans.
The Prime Minister is in the process of appointing ‘champions’ for targeted industry sectors.
To quell corporate fears in Britain, the Prime Minister has offered to reduce regulations that prevent growth in exchange for sector-wide trade agreements. Britain is seeking to increase its export potential, especially at a time where the GBP is trading at lower levels against its partners.
To facilitate these changes, the Prime Minister is in the process of appointing ‘champions’ for each of these targeted sectors. These include industrial digitization, the nuclear industry, life-sciences, ultra-low emission vehicles and creative industries.
Britain is behind the 8 ball when it comes to technical education, with China and Singapore leading the pack. The industrial strategy will seek to boost 5G mobile technology, AI, Smart Energy, and robotics.
This article is written by Idan Levitov, VP trading of anyoption.com. Learn more about the markets here.