Sputnik: Belgium's Flanders Govt Says Region to Be Worst Hit by Brexit After Ireland25 September 2018 | 00:35 | FOCUS News Agency
The United Kingdom is expected to leave the European Union in March next year, with the parties still facing a number of unresolved issues over post-Brexit arrangements. The no-deal scenario remains possible, as London and Brussels disagree on several crucial points, including the customs regulations and the Irish border.
"After Ireland, Flanders will suffer more than others," Bourgeois said, speaking in the parliament of the most populated and economically developed region of Belgium.
According to a study by the Catholic University of Leuven, a no-deal Brexit may cost Flanders 28,000 jobs. In this regard, the head of the regional government considers it necessary for Flemish companies to be prepared for this situation and redirect business to new markets.
According to international consulting company Deloitte, Belgium is the fourth EU country after Germany, France and the Netherlands for which the forthcoming UK withdrawal from the bloc can most adversely affect the economic plan. The consequences will be mainly felt in Flanders, which accounts for 80 percent of Belgian exports to the United Kingdom.
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