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Five key charts to help you understand Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty on March 29, triggering Britain's divorce proceedings with the European Union and launching two years of negotiations that will reshape the future of the country and Europe.

As the world continues to watch the events unfold, here are five charts to help you make sense of what’s happening with Brexit.

1. Countdown to Brexit

Between now and March 30th, 2019, here are some of the key Brexit dates to know about what happens next.

The important key dates to know as the Brexit divorce proceedings kick off.

2. The most important issues facing Britain today

What’s on the minds of British adults? Brexit, of course, leads the list (up six percentage points in the last month), according to a recent Ipsos Mori poll.

This infographic shows the top mentions to the question, “What do you see as the most/other important issues facing Britain today?”

This Brexit poll infographic from Reuters shows public opinion of the most pressing issues facing Britain today.

3. Where will banks go?

Banks, insurers and asset managers in Britain are facing the prospect of relocating operations out of London to other cities in Europe so that they continue to operate across the European single market. This heat map compares tax rates, cost of living and office space across London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Paris.

Heat map comparing tax rates, cost of living and office space across six European cities should British based banks decide to move operations out of London so they can continue to operate across the European Union’s single market.

4. Breakingviews Brexit Index

Breakingviews has combined four market signals to indicate what investors expect from Britain’s EU exit. A fall in the index suggests a “harder” Brexit – one with fewer of the perks of being part of the bloc. The elements are: sterling’s trade-weighted value; the performance of the FTSE 250 relative to the FTSE 100; Britain’s CDS spread over Germany’s; and the steepness of the UK yield curve. 

Interactive Index: Breakingviews has combined four market signals to indicate what investors expect from Britain's EU exit.

See the full interactive index, and read Swaha Pattanaik’s analysis, “Market’s vision of Brexit is too rosy.”

5. Tracking the Brexit effect

The Reuters Graphics team has produced a comprehensive set of interactive charts, tracking sterling, immigration, the economy and markets, to add data and context to the big picture of the Brexit effect.Brexit Tracker from Reuters infographics, with interactive charts and graphs.

  • Sterling: The British pound had a dramatic fall after the Brexit vote on June 23 and has yet to recover.
  • Immigration: A steady rise in the number of EU migrants working in Britain stalled at the end of 2016, suggesting the Brexit vote, and the subsequent fall in the value of the pound, might have made the country less attractive as a place to work.
  • Economy: Britain’s economy defied expectations that June’s Brexit vote would cause an immediate slowdown, but there are possible warning signs to look for with recent dips in retail sales.
  • Markets: British indexes, banks and house prices fell sharply after the UK voted to leave the EU on June 23, but have since recovered as the Brexit process has been clarified to investors.

View the full Brexit Tracker here.

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