by Szu Ping Chan
House prices could crash by 25pc and the pound drop by a third if the UK leaves the EU, according to Fitch, which warned that social tensions risked boiling over even if Britain stays in the bloc.
The rating agency said a messy exit characterised by “rancorous and protracted” trade negotiations would fuel market turbulence and risk “permanent damage” to the UK’s financial sector.
Brexit could ‘shift centre of gravity in EU’
Under this scenario, the value of sterling would drop by 30pc against a basket of other currencies by the end of 2016, pushing retail failures to levels not seen since the 2008 financial crisis and hitting UK landlords through a clampdown in immigration.