The UK then outperforms the forecast and it is downplayed as is the quiet adjustment downwards of EU countries. I won't go into why I think this is being done but I am sure you have a good idea.
Take the recent case of Germany--Europe's powerhouse--Last year GDP forecast was 2.5 % and now the Bundesbank has downgraded this to 2% which is in line with UK growth.
What is more growth for 2019 is now downgraded to 1.9% and 2020 now down to 1.6% --no doubt these figures will be downgraded at a future date whereas UK figures are always upgraded.
If this had been forecast for the UK then people would have been screaming that this is the Brexit effect.
Keep the faith guys --it is wise to be cautious but it is also wise to take calculated risks--Brexit is a calculated risk no doubt but if the country pulls together and maximizes its strong points--and there are many--then the UK will continue to prosper --possibly faster than the EU. The people will be vindicated I am sure.