Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said Italy would support moving Europe’s financial centre away from London if Britain left the bloc, while France’s Noëlle Lenoir, a former minister of European Affairs, said the opportunity to move the EU’s financial hub to a Eurozone country “could be a blessing”… in the debate hosted by think tank Open Europe.

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    Stephen Booth

    Acting Director and Director of Policy and Research Stephen is Acting Director and Director of Policy and Research at Open Europe. While at Open Europe he has written on EU regulation, justice and home affairs and EU aid policy. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in political science and was awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for his master's degree in European studies from the University of Sussex. Stephen's professional interests include democracy and transparency in the EU, the interaction between domestic and EU law and European cooperation in crime and policing. He is half Dutch.
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    Aarti Shankar

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Need to know facts

400000

Swiss EU migration policy: A model for the UK?

Although Switzerland is cited as a model the UK should follow outside the EU in terms of migration policy, Open Europe has found that it has far higher levels of EU immigration than the UK as a proportion of their populations. If the UK had the same net EU immigration rate as Switzerland, it would mean nearly 400,000 more EU migrants a year.Source: Eurostat
30%

UK exports of goods and services to the world (% of GDP)

In the first briefing in a research-series on Brexit, Open Europe explores the impact of an EU withdrawal on exports of UK goods and services. UK exports of goods and services to the EU account for about 14% of UK GPD, while the worldwide figure is 30% of GDP. Open Europe finds that if there were a Brexit, it would be much harder for the UK to secure a free trade deal with the EU in the services sector, than in the goods sector. Source: Open Europe

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