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Majority of British adults’ personal finance confidence unaffected by Brexit vote

Three-fifths (59%) of British adults say they are neither more pessimistic nor more optimistic about their personal finances following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, according to new research by insolvency and restructuring trade body R3.


However, the R3/ComRes survey of over 2,000 British adults found that one-in-four (25%) say they are more pessimistic since the referendum, compared to 17% that are more optimistic.


Andrew Tate, president of R3, says: "Despite the commotion and commentary around the outcome of the vote, for most individuals the decision to leave the EU hasn’t affected how they view their personal finances. While we wait to see what form ‘Brexit’ will take, the day-to-day cost of living will likely be weighing more heavily on people’s minds."


"However, the pre-referendum warnings about the consequences of ‘Brexit’ look like they are still playing on the minds of a sizeable proportion of the population. By contrast, optimism about the possibilities of Brexit has left fewer people convinced."


Younger adults (18-24 year olds) are twice as likely (40%) to be more pessimistic since the vote to leave compared to 55-64 year olds (20%).


Andrew Tate continues: "It was reported that the younger generation were the least likely to vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU so it’s perhaps not surprising that they are most concerned about the impact."


Those who are extremely or very worried about their debt are more likely to be concerned about their finances following the vote to leave the EU (47%) than those who are not at all worried (18%).


Andrew Tate adds: "The general sense of uncertainty that the decision to leave has brought will be particularly unwelcome for those that were already concerned about their finances. While it’s easier than ever to borrow cheaply, there isn’t the same sense of stability about what will happen down the line to the UK economy which makes planning future repayment more difficult."




ComRes  interviewed  2,041  British  adults  online  between  the  23rd and  25th  September  2016. Data  were  weighted  to  be  representative  of  all British adults by age, gender, region and socio-economic grade. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. 

Notes to editors:

  • R3 is the trade body for Insolvency Professionals and represents the UK’s Insolvency Practitioners.

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  • R3 promotes best practice for professionals working with financially troubled individuals and businesses; all R3 members are regulated by recognised professional bodies
  • R3 stands for 'Rescue, Recovery, and Renewal' and is also known as the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.