No deal: the economic consequences and how they could be mitigated


This macroeconomic study of the impact of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit concludes that a UK withdrawal from the European Union without a preferential trade deal would not be ideal and would bring some material costs. However, it would be a relatively mild negative economic event. Brexit will therefore not be the determining factor for the UK economy’s medium-term growth prospects. Open Europe’s strong recommendation remains that the Government seeks to secure a negotiated exit from the EU, while also being prepared for all scenarios including a ‘No Deal’ exit in March 2019. Our model suggests that a No Deal Brexit would mean the UK economy continuing to grow but with an effect equivalent to an average annual drag of -0.17% on real GDP growth over the 13 years up to 2030. This could be reduced to an average reduction in growth of -0.04% a year if the government deploys maximum mitigation measures in the form of unilateral trade liberalisation. The economic impact of an exit on so-called WTO terms is, over a 13 year period, small. And as we go on to demonstrate, the effects are limited in comparison with the forecasting noise typically seen in GDP models.

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