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Разворот Брексита?

ЛОНДОН – Экономическая реальность начинает разрушать обманчивые надежды многих британцев. Год назад, когда незначительным большинством Британия проголосовала за выход из Евросоюза, они поверили обещаниям бульварной прессы и политиков, участвовавших в кампании за выход из ЕС, будто Брексит не ухудшит их стандарты жизни. Действительно, в течение прошедшего года им удавалось сохранять эти стандарты благодаря наращиванию долгов домохозяйствами.

Какое-то время всё это работало, потому что увеличение потребления домохозяйствами стимулировало рост экономики. Но момент истины для британской экономики быстро приближается. Как показывают свежие цифры, опубликованные Банком Англии, темпы роста зарплат в Британии перестали поспевать за инфляцией, а значит, реальные доходы начали падать.

В ближайшие месяцы эта тенденция сохранится, поэтому домохозяйства вскоре почувствуют, что их стандарты жизни падают. Им придётся скорректировать свои потребительские привычки. Но что ещё хуже, они поймут, что оказались перегружены долгами и займутся их погашением, тем самым, ещё сильнее сокращая объёмы личного потребления, поддерживавшего рост экономики.

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