UK economy picked up in January but Brexit uncertainty remains

LONDON (AP) – Official figures show that the British economy recovered in January from a disappointing end in 2018, though uncertainty remains high due to Brexit.

The Office for National Statistics said yesterday that the economy expanded by 0.5 per cent from the previous month. That more than recouped the 0.4 per cent decline recorded in December and suggests that the British economy held up in the face of mounting concerns about the potential impact of Brexit.

The monthly increase, which is based on partial data, was broad-based with manufacturing and construction doing well.

Britain is due to leave the European Union in 17 days but uncertainty is high.

A demonstrator protests opposite the Houses of Parliament in London. – AP