Stability should top retail’s list of needs after the Brexit, says bira

LONDON - DECEMBER 23:  Shoppers make their way along Oxford Street on December 23, 2006 in London, England. With just two days to go before Christmas, the streets are busy with people as they are finishing their last-minute Christmas shopping.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has released a statement in the wake of Friday’s referendum result.

In the aftermath of the vote to leave the union, Alan Hawkins, CEO of bira, commented: “Above all, consumers and the retailers that serve them need to be given as much confidence as possible from now until the agreement for the UK to leave the EU is signed, sealed and delivered. That means laying out predictable timetables and sticking to them.”

The association believes that the market turmoil on the morning of the announcement, followed by the immediate political aftershocks will not be the only potholes in the road to life outside of the EU. While the slide in the pound against the dollar will make imports, particularly oil, more expensive, pushing inflation upwards, it will also help exporters.

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The bira CEO was also watchful of the likelihood of interest rate changes. A further fall was possible if the Bank of England became concerned about a developing recession, but increases could follow if inflation grew too quickly. 

He concluded: “Whatever we thought about Brexit yesterday, and members were evenly split on the issue, we are where we are today. We call on the government to do everything it can to make sure that calm and stability reign in the difficult run-up to the final exit.”

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