最新一次的英国大选刚刚落下帷幕。 Theresa May和保守党为了推动脱欧谈判议案落实而发起的这次选举获得了适得其反的效果，保守党丢掉了原有的优势席位，英国政坛不确定性再度上升。
对于英国的P2P商业贷款机构来说，“悬浮议会”也同样不是什么好消息。 正如RateSetter 商业金融负责人Paul Marston所言，目前的政治经济前景还不明朗，英国中小企业的长期发展计划可能也会受到影响。
RateSetter’s business lending lead says political uncertainty will put growth plans on ice.
The ballots have been counted; what happens next is anyone’s guess. The election that Theresa May and the Conservatives called to strengthen their mandate going into Brexit negotiations has backfired – resulting only in lost seats and more uncertainty.
For the UK’s P2P business lenders, a hung parliament spells trouble. As RateSetter Commercial Finance’s managing director Paul Marston puts it:
“Without doubt, a hung Parliament is the worst outcome for the business community. While politicians vie for position over the next few days, a shadow of uncertainty forms, meaning that small business owners are more likely to put their growth plans on ice until the political and economic outlook stabilises.”
Marston’s comments echo those made by Angus Dent, CEO of ArchOver, in the build up to the election. Dent said that the UK’s small businesses need confidence in order to grow, and that the election needed a clear winner to deliver that.
“This means giving one party a mandate to govern so there’s no prospect of another election or referendum in the next five years,” he told AltFi. “Policies change but as long as there’s a clear winner that can take us in one direction – whatever direction that might be – then we stand a chance of success.”
While the outcome of the election will clearly disappoint the likes of Dent, RateSetter’s Marston did caveat his comments to suggest that SMEs will continue to achieve growth in the longer term.
“UK small businesses have experienced coalition government before, and excel at adapting to new circumstances,” he said.
Now they have yet another new set of circumstances to adapt to.