Roger Bootle

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Advisor, House of Commons Treasury Committee

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Roger is a former HSBC Chief Economist and winner of the Wolfson Prize for his study on how a country would leave the Euro. In his book The Trouble With Europe he considers how to make Brexit a success and how to reform the EU. Speaking without hyperbole, Roger weighs up the arguments for ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ outcomes, explores how trading relationships might work and considers the concerns of key industries and the implications for Scotland.


Roger is The City’s most respected pro-Brexit economist.

After lecturing at Oxford Roger became a dealer at Citibank, one of the few of his profession to gain trading experience. He then switched to the role of Group Chief Economist at HSBC and Lloyds Merchant Bank, before establishing his own consultancy and becoming a senior advisor to the House of Commons Treasury Committee.

Under the previous Conservative administration Roger was appointed to the Chancellor’s panel of independent economic forecasters, famously known as 'The Seven Wise Men.’ He is a regular columnist and author of Theory of Money and The Death of Inflation. He predicted the banking crisis in Money For Nothing – and later studied the causes, effects and future threats in The Trouble with Markets.

After winning the prestigious Wolfson Prize for his study on how a country would leave the Euro, he published The Trouble With Europe. The latest edition considers how to make a success of Brexit, as well as how to reform the EU.

Noted for his wry delivery of often uncomfortable truths, Roger has an impressive record of forecasting major market, economic and monetary events. He foresaw the credit crunch, the collapse of the dotcom boom, the UK’s removal from the ERM, and the period of sustained low inflation in Europe and the US.

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