Job losses likely in ‘brutal’ no deal Brexit, Theresa May told

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Job losses likely in ‘brutal’ no deal Brexit, Theresa May told

The UK faces job losses in a ‘brutal’ no-deal scenario come March 29, Theresa May has been warned.

The Prime Minister received fresh warnings about the impact of Brexit by major business and economic leaders today.

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) director-general Carolyn Fairbairn said firms were now in the ’emergency zone’ due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, ahead of the March 29 EU departure date.

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the press at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

Theresa May received further economic warnings today as companies gear up to save themselves in a no-deal scenario (Picture: Reuters)

And International Monetary Fund (IMF) boss Christine Lagarde said no arrangement Mrs May reached with Brussels would be as good for the economy as membership – and a no-deal Brexit would be ‘brutal’.

Ms Fairbairn told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday that firms were already planning ‘price increases and job reductions’ in response to a no-deal Brexit.

She said: ‘Firms are having to plan in the here and now for a no-deal Brexit with all of the pain that that will bring.

‘We know that businesses are leaving the country, we know that businesses are making plans that will damage communities across the country and just this week we had a new chapter in the unfolding nightmare that the trade deals that the UK businesses enjoy through the European Union will not be ready in time for leaving.’

Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), speaks at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)??annual conference in London, U.K., on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May??will appeal to business leaders to help deliver her Brexit deal, as she fights implacable opposition in Parliament and a possible leadership challenge. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said job losses were on the horizon for British business (Picture: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Meanwhile Ms Lagarde, speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai, issued her own warning, stating that whatever happened the UK’s trading relationship with Europe would not be as good as before Brexit.

She said: ‘I’m certain of one thing, it’s that it’s not going to be as good as if there had not been Brexit, that is for sure.

AIRPORT GRAN CANARIA, LAS PALMAS, SPAIN - 2018/03/16: A Jet2.com Boeing 737-800 is going to leave Las Palmas Gran Canaria airport heading back to Great Britain. (Photo by Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)Plane forced to land early ‘because it had no water for tea and coffee’

‘Whether it ends well, whether there is a smooth exit given by customs unions as predicted by some, or whether it’s as a result of a brutal exit on March 29 without extension of notice, it’s not going to be as good as it is now.’

Warnings about the economic hit from Brexit from the CBI and IMF have been dismissed by Leave supporters in the past.

During the referendum campaign Michael Gove said people ‘have had enough of experts… from organisations with acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong’.

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