Uncertain times - speech by Ben Broadbent

Speech given at the Wall Street Journal, The News Building, London.
Published on 05 October 2016

Before August, the UK’s official interest rate had been held at ½% for over seven years, the longest period of unchanged rates since 1950. No-one on the current MPC was on the Committee when rates were previously changed, in early 2009; indeed there are children now at primary school who weren’t even alive at the time. So although the August Inflation Report gave a pretty full account of the reasons for the MPC’s decision it wouldn’t do any harm to expand on these things a little further. That’s what I plan to do today, focussing on two areas.

The first involves one of the main reasons for the revised – and weaker – economic projections we made in the August Inflation Report and the policy easing that accompanied it. This was not a judgement about the ultimate economic effects of the UK’s exit from the EU, not least because we are unlikely to know, for quite some time, what that will entail.

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