EU referendum: Brexit could cause a total loss to UK GDP of two to seven per cent, says AXA economist

 
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Financial markets will be pulled in different directions after a Brexit vote, Page said (Source: Getty)

If Britain votes to leave the European Union the loss to the UK's gross domestic product would lie between two and seven per cent, according to a top AXA economist.

Senior economist at AXA Investment Managers David Page said that AXA's own assessments of Brexit are more skewed to a "pessimistic outlook", and as such it predicts an expected cost of exit on potential GDP of around two to seven per cent of GDP.

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"Financial markets will be pulled in different directions and markets are likely to be volatile post an exit decision," Page added.

And in turn, a deteriorating GDP outlook is "likely to prompt easier monetary policy in the short-term, contributing to a sharp fall in sterling and a modest easing in bond yields. However, we also see equities and credit products falling on such a decision".

In particular, Page predicts that the Bank of England would have to cut interest rates and announce further quantitative easing in response to an exit vote.

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The projected cost come as Prime Minister David Cameron attempts to woo his European counterparts into accepting his reform demands.

Cameron is hoping to reach a deal at the EU summit in February, meaning the referendum could be held as early as June.

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