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Irish economy could contract in no-deal Brexit says Taoiseach

Written by Business World, on 26th Jun 2019. Posted in Ireland

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Ireland's fast growing economy could suddenly contract if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, a prospect that has become more likely, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

Ireland's finance ministry reiterated its forecasts on Tuesday that gross domestic product growth would fall to anywhere between zero and 1% in 2020 if Britain crashes out of the bloc later this year, rather than growing by the forecast 3.3% if its neighbour secures an orderly Brexit.

"In a no-deal hard Brexit - in which case we won't have to worry about the economy over-heating - it will slow down rapidly, even contract," Varadkar told a conference, adding that he would publish an updated no-deal contingency plan next month setting out further actions to be taken between now and Oct. 31. (Reuters)

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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