On 23 June 2016, UK voters decided to leave the EU. The full impact of this decision is unclear but businesses and potential investors in the UK and overseas face a prolonged period of economic uncertainty, and in the short-term at least, will act with a greater degree of caution. The decision to leave the EU is expected to affect the UK economy, but it will have specific effects on the UK hospitality and leisure industry, which has been estimated to generate revenues of over £200 billion a year, given its sensitivity to consumer spending and business confidence.