What’s changed since the Brexit vote?

It’s been more than a year since the UK voted to leave the EU after more than 40 years of membership.

Parliament is set to vote on the EU withdrawal bill, which transfers EU law into UK legislation, on Monday (11 September, 2017)

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (the official mechanism for starting Brexit) in March, nine months after the referendum result. But it’s important to remember that the UK won’t actually leave the EU until the end of March 2019, following two years of talks.

Even so, many predictions were made before the Brexit vote about what would happen to the economy and society as a whole if the UK chose to leave the EU.

But what’s the reality?  What’s changed since the vote?

Draw your estimates on the charts below, then click the button to see how you did:

The rate of quarterly economic growth, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP)…

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The rate of inflation…

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*Inflation is measured here by CPIH, which includes a measure of owner occupiers’ housing costs.

The value of the pound relative to the euro…

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Source: Bank of England

The number of visits by overseas residents to the UK…

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The unemployment rate…

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The number of job vacancies…

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The number of EU citizens who immigrated to the UK…

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Note: given the limited time period since June 2016, even the most frequently published ONS statistics only have a relatively small number of data points available. In particular, quarterly datasets such as gross domestic product (GDP) have a maximum of four available since the referendum result. All data are correct on 7 September 2017.

The charts will indicate the highest (maximum) and lowest (minimum) data points since 2008 for each statistic in order to put recent figures into context.

If you enjoyed this quiz and would like to see more economic statistics, go to our live dashboard of the UK economy.

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