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Possible tariffs on exports to the European Union Savings on European Union contributions Loss of access to the single market Ability to strike new trade deals Damage to the City Drop in investment caused by uncertainty Sources: Capital Economics Introduction In this section, we review the studies that have previously estimated the impact of Brexit on the United Kingdom economy.
Leaving the European Union is a substantial step for any member state to take. The decision is in many ways a social, cultural and political one, but it is also one which carries economic implications. The magnitude of the economic costs and benefits of Brexit cannot be known with certainty before the event.
As a result, a range of estimates have given differing scales and even directions of the impacts. Some studies show negative impacts of varying degrees.
Open Europe estimates that, if the United Kingdom embraced protectionism in the wake of a Brexit, this could cost 2. By contrast, if it followed a path of economic openness, Britain could outperform the European Union. In that case, Brexit could add at least 1. Inthe Institute of Directors estimated the cost of British membership of the European Union to be 1.
Leaving would eliminate this cost. Finding no appreciable countervailing benefits from membership, they offered this as the potential scale of benefit from Brexit. This is primarily driven by costs of regulation — 5.
It is likely that Brexit would change this. The United Kingdom is in the process of renegotiating the existing terms of its membership of the union and the outcome of this will affect the relative magnitude of Brexit.
For this report we examine the implications of Brexit against the existing terms of membership as the outcome of these negotiations is still uncertain — but it appears that any changes will not be significant.
Immigration In this section, we look at the impact of Brexit on immigration. Second, we consider the impact of Brexit on immigration and the likely economic implications of these changes.
European Union migrants and the British labour force Annual net migration from the European Union rose to significant levels of approximatelypeople per annum following the accession of countries in eastern Europe to the union in It has more than doubled sincereachingin March Most migrants from the European Union come to the United Kingdom to work, boosting the workforce by around 0.
The impact of Brexit on immigration It is plausible that immigration policy may not change substantially after Brexit.
Whether the United Kingdom gains any powers to restrict immigration from Europe will depend on its future relationship with the European Union. If Britain wanted to retain full access to the single market, it may have to keep the free movement of labour between the United Kingdom and the union.
However, it is unlikely that Britain would sign up to such a deal, given that concerns about migration would probably have been one of the main reasons for a vote to leave. Nevertheless, even if the United Kingdom were free to impose restrictions, it is questionable how effective these would be in the near term.
European Union migrants already in Britain would almost certainly be given leave to stay, just as British citizens living in Europe could remain there. Furthermore, if European Union migrants already in the United Kingdom knew that it would be hard to get back in if they left, they might stay longer than they otherwise would have.
Emigration out of Britain could fall alongside a rise in immigration, perhaps leaving net migration little changed or even higher in the short term. In the medium term, net migration from European Union countries would almost certainly fall if Britain was outside the single market, reducing the growth rate of the British labour force though the extent of the fall would obviously depend on the new arrangements put in place.
This may lead to upward pressure on wages and inflation, benefiting some workers but to the detriment of some employers. Migration policy is not the only way in which Brexit would impact the labour market. This boost to the overall flexibility of the labour market could offset some of the cost to firms from lower migration.
A more tailored immigration policy It is likely that, after Brexit, Britain would not agree to the free movement of labour with the European Union.
Policy would change to restrict the number of low skilled workers entering the country and shift towards attracting more highly skilled workers including from outside the European Union. This would be a potential headache for low-wage sectors heavily dependent on migrant labour, such as agriculture, but could benefit other sectors with a shortage of highly skilled labour.
Second, we consider what sort of trading relationship might follow Brexit. Third, we assess the costs of leaving the single market. Fourth, we consider the impact of no post-Brexit trading agreement on trade and on different sectors.
Finally, we explore the potential benefits of Brexit to trade. Official trade statistics show that the European Union is the destination of about half of all British goods exports. Given that total exports account for The trading links are bigger if we include the more than 60 countries that the United Kingdom trades freely with because they have a free trade agreement with the European Union.Britain’s next decade will transform its economy and environment for the better.
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Britain’s exit from the EU could change that profoundly. It’s possible, of course, that Britain could negotiate a new treaty with the EU that continues to allow free movement between the UK and the EU.
Brexit would give Britain a crucial opportunity by allowing it to broker its own trade deals with non-European Union countries; indeed Britain could even have a unilateral free trade policy.
Non-European Union countries may find negotiating with Britain easier and quicker than dealing with the European Union’s bureaucratic machine, as Switzerland has shown.