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Brexit is ‘largely to blame’ for UK’s £31bn revenue loss

Report said politicians may find it difficult to ignore role of Brexit in the UK’s economic problems for much longer

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Sluggish economic performance after the end of UK lockdowns showed sizeable losses were mostly Brexit and not Covid. Stock image

Sluggish economic performance after the end of UK lockdowns showed sizeable losses were mostly Brexit and not Covid. Stock image

Sluggish economic performance after the end of UK lockdowns showed sizeable losses were mostly Brexit and not Covid. Stock image

Brexit is “largely to blame” for billions being lost in Britain’s trade and tax revenues in recent years, according to a new study .

The Centre for European Reform (CER) said that by the end of last year, Britain’s economy was 5.2PC – or £31bn (€36bn) – smaller than it would have been without Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

“We can’t blame Brexit for all of the 5.2pc GDP shortfall… but it’s apparent that Brexit is largely to blame,” said John Springford, author of the CER study.

The CER modelled the performance of a “doppelganger” UK – if the nation had remained inside the EU’s single market – using data from other advanced economies similar to the UK.

Mr Springford said “disentangling” the economic effects of Brexit and Covid in recent years was “difficult”, but said it was clear that the bigger negative impact had come from Britain’s exit from the EU.

The economist argues that a huge gap between the current UK and his “doppelganger” economy of the UK inside the EU had opened up before the pandemic struck in the spring of 2020.

Mr Springford said the sluggish economic performance after the end of lockdowns in 2021 also showed that the “sizeable” losses were “mostly Brexit and not Covid”.

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“The UK ended Covid restrictions sooner than many of its peers,” he said. “That should have made its recovery from Covid faster than other countries, not slower.”

The CER study said it was “hard to avoid the conclusion that Brexit has severely curtailed GDP, investment and goods trade”.

The report added: “British politicians may find it difficult to ignore the central role of Brexit in the UK’s economic problems for much longer.”

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