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The EU Referendum and UK Poverty

The first evidence-based briefing of how the outcome of the EU referendum on June 23 could affect people in poverty.

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The briefing pulls together existing evidence on work, housing, the economy and welfare. Key points include:

  • Leaving the EU could save the UK its net contribution of £9.9 billion which could be spent on poverty reduction.
  • A devaluation of the pound following a leave vote could increase the cost of imported goods and services which would impact people who already live in poverty.
  • The North East, Northern Ireland and the East Midlands would be hardest hit by any increased barriers to trade with the EU.
  • Some of the most deprived parts of the UK such as Wales and Cornwall receive £2.1 billion of funding from the EU to support development.

This briefing provides a guide on the issues being debated. Whether the UK votes to stay or to go, it’s vital that people and places in poverty are not left behind.

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