Weekly Brief – Signed and sealed but not delivered


The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement was rubber stamped by the EU 27 leaders on Sunday after 20 months of negotiation. Yet the agreement might be entering the most difficult phase of its life as it’s unclear how the legislation will get through Parliament with so many MPs saying they’ll vote against it. Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to deliver Brexit, the next few weeks should reveal which package arrives.
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NI consumers yet to buy into recovery

A sold sign outside a semi-detached house Belfast So far, 2015 has been a good year for the household finances.  An increasing number of households are receiving pay rises and are enjoying a record low in consumer price inflation, particularly falling food and energy prices.

Furthermore, UK mortgage interest rates hit a record low in June. However, despite this favourable backdrop, it is perhaps somewhat surprising that this has not had a more positive impact on consumer spending.

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