If the U.K. opts to cut all its trade ties with the European Union and go for a “hard” Brexit, it could cost the government £66 billion ($81.1 billion) a year, according to a leaked government paper reported by The Times newspaper.
U.K. government ministers have been warned that a “hard Brexit” – in which the U.K. leaves the EU’s lucrative single market and instead reverts to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules – could prompt the U.K.’s gross domestic product (GDP) to fall dramatically, the newspaper said.
“The Treasury estimates that U.K. GDP would be between 5.4 percent and 9.5 percent of GDP lower after 15 years if we left the EU with no successor arrangement, with a central estimate of 7.5 per cent,” the leaked document noted.
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