The European Union has suffered a downgrade of its long-term credit rating following the UK’s Brexit vote last week.
Some of the biggest US companies have accumulated cash piles worth almost $1.7tn (£1.1tn) – more than two thirds of it overseas.
Britain’s biggest companies could face a credit downgrade – potentially forcing up their borrowing costs – should the UK vote to leave the EU in June, according to a report by a leading ratings agency.
The UK would lose its top credit score if the public voted to leave the EU in June’s referendum, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said in a fresh warning on Thursday.
The pound tumbled to a seven-year low and the UK was warned its credit rating was at risk on Monday as the effect of Boris Johnson’s backing for the Brexit campaign was felt in financial markets.
A vote to leave the EU in June’s referendum will threaten the UK’s strong credit score, potentially pushing up the cost of government borrowing, the ratings agency Moody’s has warned.
Bank of England policies to help Britain’s economic recovery have made inequality worse and increased the wealth gap between young and old, according to a leading credit ratings agency.
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund has said she wants Britain to stay in the EU, warning that a looming Brexit referendum posed a risk to the UK economy.