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Brexit will hit the North East hardest

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7:59am 8th February 2018
(Updated 10:21am 8th February 2018)

As a delegation from Sunderland Nissan meet the Prime Minister, new analysis has found our region will be hit hardest by a 'No Deal' Brexit.

The Government's own analysis of the hit to GDP would be 16 per cent to North East England, if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.

The latest figures show losses are predicted to come over 15 years, with analysis suggesting sectors, including manufacturing, retail, and food could see costs rise due to things like extra red tape and customs checks.

The North East is the only region of England with a goods trade surplus with the EU and it also has the highest per capita EU funding of any English region.

Pro-EU Labour MP for Stockton South Dr Paul Williams is concerned the North east will suffer.

Sun FM have also been getting the reaction from the Labour MEP for the North East Paul Brannen who tells us he's also concerned over the latest information.

Paul Brannen

Here's a full regional breakdown from the government's Brexit impact assessment.

Drop in GDP (EEA membership) - GDP (free trade agreement) - GDP (WTO terms)


:: 1%  :: 5%  :: 8%

South West:

:: 1% :: 2% :: 5%


:: 1.5% :: 4.5% :: 7%

South East:

:: 1.5% :: 5% :: 7%

East of England:

:: 1.5% :: 5% :: 8%

East Midlands:

:: 1.5% :: 5% :: 8%


:: 2.5% :: 6% :: 9%


:: 1.5% :: 5% :: 9%

North West:

:: 2.5% :: 8% :: 12%

Northern Ireland:

:: 2.5% :: 8% :: 12%

West Midlands:

:: 2.5% :: 8% :: 13%

North East:

:: 3.5% :: 11% :: 16%

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