London Stock Exchange No Longer Most Valuable European Market

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    The Facts

    • Amid a weakening of the British pound, UK recession fears, and a boost in French luxury brand sales, London has lost its spot to Paris as the largest stock market in Europe for the first time since records began in 2003.

    • The combined value of British shares is now $2.821T compared to France's $2.823T, with major UK stocks like pub chain Mitchells and Butlers dropping 37% this year and gambling company 888 plummeting by 70%.


    The Spin

    Left narrative

    This is the latest blow to the Conservatives' love affair with Brexit, with the UK having already faced labor shortages and trade losses to the EU since it went into effect. If Britain were still tied to the euro, the government wouldn't be talking about restricting its budget and, if PM Sunak knows what is good for him and his country, he will put ideology aside and the British people first.

    Right narrative

    The left will pounce on this news in an attempt to blame Brexit for the UK's economic decline, but both the numbers and history prove this notion wrong. The Eurozone still faces higher inflation than the UK, and a devaluation of the pound does not correlate to GDP loss. The current economic pain felt by the British people only began once the Bank of England stepped in.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that UK GDP per capita will be less than 50% of that of the world's leading major economy by December 2038, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Political split

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