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Following the recent ‘on-hold’ decision from the Bank of England, Economist at UOB Group Lee Sue Ann said the central bank should remain vigilant on Brexit headlines.

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“After raising the bank rate to 0.75% in August, the BoE is set to remain in a wait-and-see mode. The biggest unknown for UK policymakers remains the terms of Brexit. With the government working on contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit, BoE Governor Mark Carney has extended his stay at the BoE until early 2020. On Thursday, he even attended a Cabinet meeting to discuss preparations”.

“We expect the MPC to continue voicing the concerns over Brexit risks, especially the scenario of a no-deal Brexit that could turn increasingly worrying in terms of inflation rising above the targeted levels as a result of GBP’s underperformance. The next rate hike is currently priced around the May 2019 Inflation Report, but we see no further moves for a year at least”.

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