THE UK’s decision to leave the EU could cost accountancy firms as much as 5% of revenue by 2021 as their chief financial and professional services clients are hit by the effects of Brexit, IRN Research has found.
According to the research consultancy, the main negative impact of Brexit will be felt between 2016 and 2018 because of the uncertainty around the future of trade relationships with the EU.
In the report, IRN laid out two scenarios for the future of the UK economy outside of the EU. Under a World Trade Organisation deal by 2021, the turnover of accountancy firms over the 2016-2021 period will be £6.4bn lower than it would have been without Brexit. Under an European Economic Area style deal it will be £4.7bn lower.
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