“If we assume a 2 percent drop in UK GDP in response to the exit vote, which is on the high end of our economists’ estimates, then UK oil demand would likely be reduced by 1 percent or 16,000 barrels per day, which is a 0.016 percent hit to global demand. This is extremely small on any measure,” said Goldman Sachs.
International Energy Agency chief Fatih Birol also downplayed the impact of Brexit on global oil demand.
“Since a big chunk of oil demand is from emerging countries, namely Asia, I don’t see a major impact (of Brexit) on oil demand,” he told Reuters.
PVM’s Tamas Varga said given Brexit’s limited impact on global oil demand in the foreseeable future, a tightening in the oil market remained on the cards in the second half of the year.
“If one subscribes to this view then it is not difficult to conclude that the Brexit-triggered oil price sell-off should not last and the downside is limited,” he said.
Of more concern to the market on Monday was a growing glut of refined products.
“For near-term oil, we remain most concerned about product oversupply, China demand, the macro outlook, and the likely return of production,” Morgan Stanley said in a note.
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