Ben Broadbent: Uncertain times

Speech by Mr Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy of the Bank of England, at the Wall Street Journal, London, 5 October 2016.

The views expressed in this speech are those of the speaker and not the view of the BIS.

Central bank speech  | 
20 October 2016

Before August, the UK's official interest rate had been held at ½% for over seven years, the longest period of unchanged rates since 1950. No-one on the current MPC was on the Committee when rates were previously changed, in early 2009; indeed there are children now at primary school who weren't even alive at the time. So although the August Inflation Report gave a pretty full account of the reasons for the MPC's decision it wouldn't do any harm to expand on these things a little further. That's what I plan to do today, focussing on two areas.

The first involves one of the main reasons for the revised - and weaker - economic projections we made in the August Inflation Report and the policy easing that accompanied it. This was not a judgement about the ultimate economic effects of the UK's exit from the EU, not least because we are unlikely to know, for quite some time, what that will entail.