The ten participants sitting around the round table all know how to negotiate. Nearly all had represented their governments in Brussels, and in the case of Italian Enrico Letta and Irish John Bruton, as their heads of government.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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Worst case scenario: Impact of Brexit on UK GDP

In a worst case scenario, where the UK fails to strike a trade deal with the rest of the EU and does not pursue a free trade agenda, Open Europe estimates that UK GDP would be 2.2% lower in 2030 than if the UK had remained inside the EU. Source: Open Europe

Best case scenario: Impact of Brexit on UK GDP

In a best case scenario, where the UK strikes a FTA with the EU, pursues very ambitious deregulation of its economy and opens up almost fully to trade with the rest of the world, Open Europe estimates that UK GDP would be 1.6% higher in 2030 than if it had stayed within the EU.Source: Open Europe

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