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IMF and World Bank target Brexit: 'the most serious downside risk' for the global economy

Friday, April 15th 2016 - 05:22 UTC
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A British exit from the European Union would pose “serious downside risks” to an already slowing global economy, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. Read full article


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  • Skip

    Wow the UK economy is now supposedly so powerful and important that it will shake the world economy.....

    Not what the naysayers have been claiming is in store for the unimportant British economy when it decouples from the EU.


    Apr 15th, 2016 - 06:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brasherboot

    Total and utter trash. Brexit will enhance the world economy and it be 50 times better. so there

    Apr 15th, 2016 - 10:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    She is Osborne's best mate, they have their snouts in the same trough. We are EU cash cows in the UK, we are an unwelcome disruptive nuisance to the EU, but we give them lots and lots of money to pay for the ex communist building contracts. If we stop paying, countries like Moldova, Latvia, Hungary, Romania all stay in the dark ages.
    I'm sick of paying out and into this undemocrstic EU.

    I'm voting out Madame Lagarde and absolutely nobody I know or have spoken to wants to stay in.

    Apr 15th, 2016 - 10:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Considering how much the IMF has buggered world economic affairs, one might reasonably take its advice and predictions and safely put into action exactly their opposites.

    Apr 15th, 2016 - 01:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bisley

    The only downside to a Brexit is the reduction of the power of the international bureaucrats and their financial institutions (including IMF) -- for the rest of us there is no downside.

    Apr 15th, 2016 - 04:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I just love it when this big-nosed French crook makes a 'statement' which always seems to be incorrect.

    She and all the other foreign politicians, including Obumma, need to keep their big noses out of the business of the UK Electorate.

    Vote LEAVE!

    Apr 15th, 2016 - 06:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Christine Lagarde
    is being investigated,
    they also told us of the fears if we did not join the EURO,

    Eu is collapsing and bursting at the seems,
    as said last night, we don't know what's coming down the pipe, and its only being held up till After the referendum,

    the MPs know, and so does David,

    treason springs to mind,

    why is our government do determined to drag us into a united states of Europe
    despite his promise of it wont happen,
    rubbish upon rubbish,
    vote to leave, before we get dragged in to more bail outs for Greece and Italy,

    VOTE LEAVE and take our country back.

    just my opinion.

    Apr 15th, 2016 - 07:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Room101

    Either way the vote goes, there will be fundamental affects on the Constitution.

    It is social change in all its aspects. UK people are very unhappy.

    Apr 15th, 2016 - 07:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    @8 “ there will be fundamental affects on the Constitution.”

    What? Or more correctly, WTF?

    This comments, given its faulty language and bozo content, sounds like something from un argento disfrazado.

    Apr 15th, 2016 - 09:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Don't know what all the fuss is about...
    This forum is not representative of the wider UK is infested with Nationalists...
    There are never any balanced views...
    It's all Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia...
    The UK electorate majority are not going to take a leap into the dark into the unknown...
    They will convince themselves that things are not so bad at the moment...and why take a financial risk....
    Boris has his own agenda...he wants to be PM....
    Has he supplied facts and, all he says is the UK will be fine...etc....
    It's like the Scottish Indyref....
    Independence.... a romantic notion beaten down by common sense and fear of the
    The UK is like the corner shop or town high street trying to make a comeback...
    Those days are gone....lost to the supermarket then the mall...and now the multi nationals and ...buying power and global partners and tariff fixing...

    Those were the days my friend
    We thought they'd never end
    We'd sing and dance forever and a day
    We'd live the life we choose
    We'd fight and never lose
    For we were young and sure to have our way.....

    60/40 against will be the result...

    Apr 15th, 2016 - 10:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lucifer

    There's no reason for the UK to stay. Everything is worse since the 00 when all of this nonsense started.
    And people can feel they're losing their identity.
    Voice wouldn't know because its a transplant.

    Apr 16th, 2016 - 01:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    Voice hasn't heard of the shift away from superstores.
    UK should vote to leave and by the sound of all these worried World leaders use the following two years to negotiate more concessions from the Euro saps. Who knows maybe the UN, World Bank and IMF might like to chip in a few billion each year to keep us in. I mean if it saves the World and all mankind it has to be worth a few bob.

    Apr 16th, 2016 - 06:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Perhaps Mr voice is one who wants to hand over his nationality , sovereignty , coinage , flag , military , to another country.

    perhaps its just us brits he wants to see us give everything away,

    perhaps Mr voice is British and wants to stay in,

    so this blog is not really run by nationalist,
    just patriotic brits,

    so they say.

    Apr 16th, 2016 - 11:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Yeah I have...the shift to Ebay and Amazon and a whole host of other multi-Nationals..
    Hey there Briton...
    You might want to take a glance at the names...

    “The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does”

    Apr 16th, 2016 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    You misunderstand Voice, Think etc.

    I'm happy to stay in ......just on much improved terms paid for by the Euro saps.
    Two years of negotiations after a leave vote should yield what we want.

    Pardon me while I order our weekly fresh food from EBay and Amazon.
    Hope they can deliver before the shit goes off.

    Chuckling all the time these days, especially since the rancid Kerchy got her marching orders.

    One down two to go.

    Apr 16th, 2016 - 04:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Hey there Briton...
    You might want to take a glance at the names...

    But are you suggesting that one or all three of these names are patriotic and or nationalist,

    I myself is patriotic, and I suspect the other two are as well,

    as stated by most brits,
    we don't want to abandon Europe, we want to trade freely with them and talk to them,
    exercise and train with them,

    what we don't want, is a unelected Eu government that no one can vote for , telling us what to do, they now interfere with almost every aspect of our lives,

    from cucumbers to white lines , from bendy bananas to powerful hoovers,

    now they even want to send monitors to our referendum to observe to make sure we don't cheat,

    it now seems to be accepted by all that this referendum will be voted on by everyone except the people its meant to be for, [ the British people ]

    we just want to be ruled by a British government and not a corrupt incompetent EU government,

    even the great voice would surely agree, that being ruled by anyone else other than the government you voted for is a dictatorship and not democracy,

    is this what great Britain has sunk to????????

    just my opinion.

    Apr 16th, 2016 - 06:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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