As the UK Government gets further and further embroiled in farce and a hard Brexit looks possible international Investors are rapidly losing confidence in the government’s ability to secure a good Brexit deal, according to new data from Assetz Capital’s Q3 Investor Barometer.

The peer-to-peer business lender carries out its Investor Barometer every quarter with a comprehensive survey of its 29,000-strong investor community.

The Investor Barometer has tracked Brexit sentiment since the start of 2018, and as the UK’s withdrawal gets closer, the confidence in a positive outcome to the negotiations has dropped. In Q3, only 10% were ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ of a good deal. This is down from 20% in Q2 and 21% in Q1.

Conversely, the number of ‘not confident’ or ‘not at all confident’ has continued to rise. The figure hit 90% in Q3, up from 80% in Q2 and 79% in Q1.

The results come following Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond’s warning that a no-deal Brexit would lead to ‘large fiscal consequences’*.

Stuart Law, CEO at Assetz Capital said: “Whatever optimism our investors had around the Brexit negotiations is slipping away. The view from the Assetz Capital community is that there’s significant economic pain on the horizon.

“Post-withdrawal, it will be more important than ever that the whole alternative finance industry works hard to deliver for both investors and borrowers. It’s when the economy struggles that growth capital becomes even more scarce. Peer-to-peer lenders must stand up and support the country through this Brexit uncertainty.”

by Bill Boyle
IBS Intelligence Senior Editor
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