Northern Ireland could lose 40,000 jobs in no-deal Brexit

BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s civil service has warned that a British exit from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement would have a deep and long-lasting impact on the region’s economy and could cause the loss of 40,000 jobs.

A so-called no-deal exit would could cut the region’s exports to the Republic of Ireland by up to 19 percent, the civil service said in a report.

The document, published on Wednesday, said it was a summary of evidence available to the civil service and did not constitute a view on policy matters.

Jeffrey Donaldson, a senior member of Northern Ireland’s pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party, told the BBC on Thursday that a no-deal Brexit would have a short-term impact on the region’s economy, but that this could be mitigated.

Northern Ireland is widely seen as the most exposed region of the United Kingdom to economic disruption by Brexit due to its land border with EU member the Republic of Ireland.

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