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Study: Brexit Could Kill Thousands in the UK

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By    |   Monday, 28 January 2019 10:10 PM

Brexit could lead to 12,000 additional deaths in England between 2021 and 2030, a new study predicts.

Bloomberg reported on the study conducted by Imperial College London and the University of Liverpool that concluded the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union could have dire consequences.

Whatever Brexit deal the UK ends up striking with the EU, the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables will rise in the UK. That, the study predicted, will lead to fewer people buying these items — anywhere between 3 percent and 11 percent — and, therefore, more people eventually dying of heart disease.

"A no-deal Brexit scenario could be the most harmful, increasing coronary heart disease and stroke deaths by approximately 0.9 percent (4,110 deaths) and 2.9 percent (8,290 deaths) respectively between 2021 and 2030," the study's authors wrote, according to Bloomberg.

"The least disruptive scenario modeled, which assumes a free-trading agreement with the EU and half of non-EU fruit and veg importers, could increase coronary heart disease and stroke deaths by approximately 0.3 percent (1,360 deaths) and 1.0 percent (2,740 deaths) respectively."

The UK voted in 2016 to withdraw from the European Union. Officials on both sides have been negotiating an exit strategy ever since.

Earlier this month, British Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's most recent Brexit proposal.

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