United Kingdom debt to increase to record level if no-deal Brexit

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At stake is the future of Europe and the United Kingdom as well as the security and interests of our people.

Industry group Dairy UK said the government is not doing enough to recognise the "real and imminent danger" of a no-deal to the sector.

"It is hard to imagine a set of short-term fiscal targets that would make sense both in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union with a deal and in the event of leaving without a deal", said the IFS in the report.

Opposition parties will then try to force an election in November. The most likely alternative is a coalition government led by Corbyn's Labour Party.

Meanwhile, both the United Kingdom and countries across Europe are trying to prepare and put in contingency plans in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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The UK economy would not grow at all in 2020 and 2021 in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the IFS report finds. Obviously, Brexit will define the terms on which the United Kingdom trades with its largest trading partner.

The British government published details of its temporary tariff regime for a no-deal Brexit in March, created to minimize costs to business and consumers while protecting vulnerable industries.

It says that even a "benign" no-deal Brexit would trigger an increase in borrowing to around £100 billion, with debt equalling 90 per cent of national income.

The IFS assumed that under the no-deal Brexit, interest rates would be cut and "private consumption and investment growth falls while net trade is also a drag on growth".

Schulz added that the impact of uncertainty on investment has left the economy an estimated £60 billion smaller than it would have been with a Remain victory in 2016, but warned that continued uncertainty from a further Brexit delay would continue to weigh heavily on growth, leaving it at one per cent per year. Unlike Brexit, at least some of these policies will be reversible under future governments.

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The IFS does not mince words about which scenario would be best for the United Kingdom economy: "Revoking Brexit would lead to the best economic outcome", its report says. Labour responded by calling it a "cynical attempt to sabotage the negotiations".

Calling off Brexitwould boost private consumption, which accounts for two thirds of the United Kingdom economy.

Labour has also promised to significantly boost spending on infrastructure.

That's because higher taxes and changes to labor laws favored by Corbyn would make the United Kingdom less attractive to foreign investors and could trigger outflows of domestic capital.

Whether - and if so how and when - the United Kingdom leaves the European Union will be perhaps the key determinant of growth over the next few years.

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"This will stick with the United Kingdom economy for a long time", he said.

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