November 28, 2018 / 11:45 AM / 11 days ago

UK government ramps up Brexit warnings with new economic forecasts

The Union Jack and the European Union flag are seen flying in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, historically claimed by Spain, November 25, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government intensified its warnings about a no-deal Brexit, saying it would deliver a big blow to the economy while Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan, opposed by many members of parliament, would minimise the hit.

The government said that in a scenario based on the agreement May struck with other European Union leaders on Sunday, the economy would be 2.1 percent smaller in 15 years’ time than if the country remained in the bloc.

The forecast assumed no changes to migration rules but some non-tariff barriers.

The economy would be 7.7 percent smaller if there is no deal, the government said in a report published on Wednesday.

Reporting by David Milliken; Writing by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by William Schomberg

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