Increasingly bitter British Brexit debate


New levels of bitterness in the British public debate can be quite simply astounding. This year’s crop of New Year scenarios has been particularly negative and the assessment from the Institute for Public Policy Research might seem to many like a restrained restatement of the broad economic consensus:

“The economic implications of Brexit are likely to put the country on a lower growth, lower investment trajectory, worsening the public finances, with important consequences for the UK’s economy and living standards.”

Not so, says the Daily Express: The IPPR is a “doom-mongering” and “bitter left-wing think tank”. However, its article makes no attempt to refute the economic arguments in the report beyond offering a standard upbeat statement from a government spokesperson:

“While there may be challenges ahead, we approach them from a position of strength. Since 2010, we have cut the deficit by two thirds, created 2.7 million jobs and this year the UK is forecast to be the fastest-growing major advanced economy. We now have an opportunity to forge a new role for ourselves in the world and we will do so with optimism, making a success of Brexit and building an economy that works for all.”