BRIGHTON will outperform other South East hotspots such as Reading and Milton Keynes when it comes to employment growth in 2019.

More people will be employed within the city between July and August than there were in the same period last year.

The UK Powerhouse study by law firm Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicts what the impact of Brexit will be on the economy.

Assuming PM Theresa May gets her Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament, it says that Brighton’s year-on-year employment growth in the third quarter of 2019 will reach 1.3 per cent.

It adds that employment headcount in the city will increase from 159,800 to 161,800 in the third quarter of this year.

UK Powerhouse also looks at three distinct Brexit scenarios – downside, central and upside – on the UK’s economy between now and 2034.

It assesses the impact on GDP, population, unemployment, consumer spending, business investment, exchange rates and BoE rates.

It says that after 2019, unemployment will initially increase in all potential Brexit forecasts.

However, even at its highest in the downside scenario, unemployment will remain 1.8 percentage points below its peak during the financial crisis.

Josie Dent, economist at Cebr said: “With uncertainty still surrounding what the deal – or indeed lack of deal – between the UK and EU will be on departure day, Cebr’s economic forecasts under different scenarios highlight the impact that Brexit could have on the economy.”