Brexit woes to see France 'leapfrog UK as sixth-biggest economy next year'

PUBLISHED: 08:31 26 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:31 26 December 2018

Britain's economy is set to be overtaken by that of France's

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France will overtake the United Kingdom to become the world's sixth biggest economy next year as the impact of Brexit bites, a reports has said.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said "disruption" to the British economy was inevitable due to lower inward and business investment.

The United States remains the world's largest economy, but China is predicted to take the top spot by 2032.

Currency collapses in many emerging economies in 2018 have led to falls in the rankings for Argentina (down four places to 30th), Pakistan (down three to 44th) and Iran (down 10 places to 40th).

Deputy chairman Douglas McWilliams said: "The World Economic League Table shows that despite global uncertainty and the tightening in US monetary policy which has pushed down some of the emerging market currencies, the 21st century is still likely to be the Asian century.

"In 2003, the world's five largest economies were the US, Japan and three European countries.

"30 years later, three out of the top five economies will be Asian and only one will be European."

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