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Leaving the EU to cost UK US$128b, anti-Brexit group says

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The study, by think tank Niesr, comes as Prime Minister Theresa May begins selling her Brexit agreement to UK politicians.

[ZURICH] Brexit will cut the value of the UK economy by £100 billion (S$176 billion) a year by 2030 compared with staying in the European Union, according to research commissioned by the People's Vote, a group campaigning against leaving the bloc.

The study, by think tank Niesr, comes as Prime Minister Theresa May begins selling her Brexit agreement to UK politicians. The deal was signed off on Sunday by EU leaders, who said it can't be renegotiated.

The Bank of England will present its own analysis to lawmakers on Thursday, along with a scenario covering leaving without a deal. Parliament's Treasury Committee will also hear testimony from economists, Treasury officials and BOE Governor Mark Carney.

The People's Vote study says that the current plan would mean a "catastrophic reduction in trade and investment."

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By 2030, GDP would be 3.9 per cent below the baseline case of staying in the EU, total trade between the UK and the EU would fall by 46 per cent and foreign direct investment would decline by 21 per cent. Tax revenue would also suffer, according to the report.

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