Remember Brexit? Of course you do. Many short-term traders thought the sky was falling when British voters unexpectedly decided to opt their country out of the European Union. But the process of extricating the British economy from the complexities of European membership has been deliberate and thoughtful—on both sides.
Recently, the UK’s new Brexit minister, David Davis, told reporters that the government plans to examine whether the country will continue to honor the customs agreements it has in place with European nations, or not, before it will invoke the Article 50 clause of the EU agreement. You can understand the complexity of the Brexit ministry’s job (sorting through how it wants to restructure economic relations between England and the Eurozone) by the fact that the ministry currently employs 180 economists and other staff in London, and has access to 120 officials in Brussels. Don’t expect them to do anything rash.
If Britain decides to opt out of some or all of the EU customs agreements, it will be free to sign new trade agreements with the U.S., China, Japan and other nations, but could face additional customs duties and tariffs from its trading partners across the English Channel.
Davis also announced that there would not be a second vote to overturn the first one, saying that those who voted ‘remain’ have accepted the result.
About the Author: Bob Veres has been a commentator, author and consultant in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Over his 20-year career in the financial services world, Mr. Veres has worked as editor of Financial Planning magazine; as a contributing editor to the Journal of Financial Planning; as a columnist and editor-at-large of Dow Jones Investment Advisor magazine; and as editor of Morningstar’s advisor web site: MorningstarAdvisor.com.
Mr. Veres has been named one of the most influential people in the financial planning profession by Investment Advisor magazine and Financial Planning magazine, was granted the NAPFA Special Achievement Award by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and most recently the Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award from the Denver-based Financial Planning Association.