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Marcia indietro sulla Brexit?

LONDRA – La realtà economica comincia a riflettere le false speranze di molti britannici. Un anno fa, quando un’esigua maggioranza votò per l’uscita del Regno Unito dall’Unione europea, essi credettero alla promessa della stampa popolare e dei politici del fronte del “Leave” che la Brexit non avrebbe modificato il loro tenore di vita. In realtà, nell’anno trascorso da allora, tale tenore è riuscito a mantenersi stabile solo grazie a un maggiore indebitamento delle famiglie.      

Questo metodo per un po’ ha funzionato perché l’aumento dei consumi delle famiglie ha stimolato l’economia britannica. Ma il momento della verità è ormai alle porte. Come mostrano gli ultimi dati diffusi dalla Bank of England, la crescita dei salari non è riuscita a tenere il passo dell’inflazione e, pertanto, i redditi reali sono cominciati a diminuire.      

Se questo trend proseguirà nei prossimi mesi, le famiglie si accorgeranno presto che il loro tenore di vita si sta abbassando e, di conseguenza, si vedranno costrette a rivedere le proprie abitudini di spesa. Come se ciò non bastasse, si renderanno anche conto di essersi indebitate in modo eccessivo e di dover porre rimedio riducendo ulteriormente i consumi che hanno sostenuto l’economia fino adesso.

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