IMF: Netherlands among most affected in the event of a hard Brexit
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The Netherlands is one of the countries which will be most affected in the event of a âhardâ Brexit, the IMF has warned.
Should Britain pull out of the EU without any fixed trade deal in place next March, the Dutch national income would fall by 0.7%.
Only Ireland with a projected fall back of 4% in national income would be worse affected, the IMF said. Britain itself would suffer a loss of 4% of NNI.
The Fundâs report said a âsoftâ Brexit scenario â" with the UK out of the customs union but retaining access to the single market and agreeing to abide by EU rules â" âwould imply almost zero cost for the EU as a whole.â
The publication of the repo rt marks the first time the Washington DC-based IMF has made any comment on Brexit.
Meanwhile, the European Commission said on Thursday that the chance of a no-deal Brexit is increasing and that companies and private individuals should prepare for every eventuality.
âTthe UK will no longer be a member state after withdrawal and will no longer enjoy the same benefits as a member,â the commission said. âTherefore, preparing for the UK becoming a third country is of paramount importance, even in the case of a deal between the EU and the UK.â
In particular, âthe citizens who will be affected by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, as well as the public administrations that serve them, should also prepare for 30 March 2019,â the statement said.
Earlier this week, three Dutch MPs filed questions calling on the government to outline the consequences of a no-deal Brexit on British citizens in the Netherlands and Dutch nationals in Britain.So urce: Google News Netherlands | Netizen 24 Netherlands