George Hay coordinates European financial coverage and writes about macroeconomics, the euro zone and UK/European financial policy. He covered European banks for Breakingviews during the financial crisis, and has also worked as a correspondent for AFX News and at United Business Media. He attended Edinburgh University and his work has been recognised at the UK’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards. Follow George on Twitter @gfhay
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Ditching EU state aid rules means Britain can in theory set different corporate tax rates around the country. That could ease regional economic disparities - a key flashpoint from the referendum. The catch is such a move would require a cleaner break with the single market.
Chancellor George Osborne has since 2010 aimed to cut public debt and deficits in the name of financial stability. He may now need to row back to cope with any post-vote economic slowdown. Investors’ reaction so far suggests his fiscal rigour was over-zealous in the first place.
England saw 53 pct of voters opt to leave the EU, but in Scotland and Northern Ireland, a majority wanted to stay in. A second referendum on Scots leaving the UK now looks logical, while a united Ireland poll has been mooted. Economic issues will stop these occurring soon.
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