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Economic gap to widen in England, warns report

7th May 2019

A widening gap will emerge between the economies of the south east and the north of England after the UK’s expected departure from the EU, a new report suggests.

A study by law firm Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), predicts that, at the end of 2020, Milton Keynes, Reading and Oxford will be in the top three for economic growth, with no locations in the north or the midlands in the top 10.

The forecasts are based on the assumption that an amended version of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement will form the basis of the future UK-EU relationship. The report predicts the 10 slowest growing economies will be dominated by locations outside the south east, with the bottom five comprising of Sunderland, Wolverhampton, Hull, Middlesbrough and Derby.

Victoria Bracket, of Irwin Mitchell, said: “Brexit has and will continue to take up a lot of Government time.”

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