'No-deal Brexit to spark year-long UK recession'

An anti-Brexit activist secures an EU flag to a railing opposite the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on July 2, 2019. (AFP)

Britain will slide into a year-long recession should it leave the European Union without a deal with Brussels, the government's official forecaster said on Thursday.

"The UK enters a year-long recession in the fourth quarter of 2019" should Britain depart the bloc on October 31 with a "no-deal, no-transition Brexit", the Office for Budget Responsibility predicted in a report.

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