About the Brexit unit.


Brexit Unit Mission Statement

The IEA’s new Brexit Unit will ensure that a strong free market voice is heard clearly as the UK prepares to leave the European Union – and beyond.

Brexit provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a more flexible, open and vibrant economy and set a shining example for other countries. But a positive outcome is not guaranteed. Brexit could actually lead to more bureaucracy and protectionism rather than less, especially with all major political parties in the UK now proposing a bigger role for the state.

The Brexit Unit will make the intellectual case for free markets in the many debates that lie ahead – including discussions of the exit terms, the nature of our future relationship with the EU, the optimal approach to migration and the removal of trade barriers with the rest of the world. The Unit will also tackle domestic issues – including what to do with repatriated powers, the scope for deregulation, and the opportunities to develop more rational policies in sectors from agriculture to financial services. And it will make other proposals to help get the UK economy ‘match fit’ for Brexit.

The IEA has a long and successful track record of analysing and promoting the role of markets in solving economic and social problems and a large network of non-partisan experts and contacts to call upon. Our Brexit Unit will build on these strengths to make positive contributions at a pivotal time both for the UK economy and the rest of Europe.

Download our Brexit Unit pamphlet here.

For more on the Brexit Unit, watch our introductory video below: