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U.K. Heads for Deeper Double Dip Recession With Third Lockdown

  • Pressure builds on Sunak to extend support for business
  • Economy is also adjusting to leaving the European Union
Manchester Hit With Tougher Virus Lockdown, Despite Vaccines
Photographer: Anthony Devlin/Bloomberg

Britain is headed for a sharper double-dip recession after Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged the nation back into a lockdown with no clear end.

Economists said the action, announced Monday to prevent the health service from being overwhelmed by surging coronavirus infections, all but certainly means the U.K. economy will shrink in the first quarter. That will delay the recovery from the worst downturn in three centuries, which analysts say already was unlikely before 2023.