BREXIT – Now that we know the outcome what happens next.

In short nobody knows, but expect a long period of confusion, uncertainty and market volatility. Initial market reaction is significant currency weakness as would be expected.. Sterling -6% vs EUR and -9% vs USD in what is a bigger move that we saw during the teeth of the financial crisis in 2008. Gold is doing it’s job as classic insurance hedge brilliantly, +5% in USD and +8% in EUR. Stock markets in Europe are not open yet but expected to open -5% to -8% roughly. The S+P futures in the US are -4%.

The Bank of England, ECB and US Federal Reserve will likely provide liquidity to the banking sector if needed and expect statements to that effect as the morning wears on.

I believe this is a bad outcome for the UK and more broadly for all of Europe, raising the risk of exit referendums across the continent with pressure coming from anti-establishment groups, and impacting negatively on trade and employment. Although it may not have a direct impact on November’s US presidential election, I think it will lead to people raising the odds of a Trump win as the anti-establishment theme continues to grow.

For Ireland this outcome is bad news. Our agri/foods exporting business will suffer from a weaker sterling, as will our tourism industry where Britain remains our biggest source market for overseas tourists, representing 42% of all such visits (according to Failte Ireland). There may be a slight positive for finance jobs in Dublin if jobs move from London to elsewhere in the EU. The consequences for the North (border controls a possibility?) cannot be good.

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John McWey, Ardbrack Financial. 021-4773833 /

7:30am 24-Jun-16