Can consulting manage Brexit?

theConsultant.eu has a new focus — Brexit.

For the foreseeable future it will be devoted to the threats and opportunities Brexit presents.

It remains a forum for Europe's management consultants to share news, gossip, opinion and analysis as they and their customers across the continent face up to the perilous challenge of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

It is edited by Dave Madden, once a management consultant and long-time editor of Management Consultant International and The Accountant. Contact The Editor on +44.1270 812774, +44.7821 901580 or editor@theconsultant.eu.

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No deal = Recession says OBR

A no-deal Brexit would plunge Britain into a recession, with the economy shrinking by two per cent by the end of next year, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), the UK Government's independent forecasting body. It says increased uncertainty and falling confidence would hit investment, sterling and trade. In its latest Fiscal Risks Report the OBR says: "Together, these push the economy into recession...Real GDP falls by 2% by the end of 2020 and is 4% below our March forecast by that point."

Brexit tools from TechforUK

If there is anyone left in consulting with the will or the energy to want to stop Brexit, this collection of tools would be a place to start.

Brexit: negative impact so far

Brexit may not have happened yet, but its influence over the UK in the last three years has been mostly negative, according to detailed analysis by the academic think tank The UK in a Changing Europe. Its Brexit Scorecard is here.

Recover from Brexit? Yes, by 2030

KPMG UK says that Brexit will cause a decline in UK trade that will not recover for a decade, and any long term recovery will be underpinned by technology innovation.

Firms must plan for No Deal: IoD

The Institute of Directors is urging UK firms to step-up planning for a No Deal Brexit, after it emerged that over half of it members had still done no contingency planning for that outcome, despite the leave date extension to October.