IEA releases briefing on the reality of customs union membership

Summary:  A customs union with the EU would come with significant costs to the UK’s economic, trade and foreign policies. Such an arrangement would also fail, by itself, to eliminate trade ‘friction’ with the EU. To do so would also require alignment with the Single Market rules for goods. A customs union would also come ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for The Spectator Coffee House

Kate Andrews, Associate Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Spectator's Coffee House on the possibility of another extension of Article 50 and what that might mean in practice. In the article Kate argues that the EU’s fears of a unruly UK in the European Union are just as legitimate as ... Continue reading
Yesterday, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, in one of the final stages before it becomes law. There were protests against the Directive across Europe over the weekend, and campaigners were optimistic that these could be effective in view of upcoming European Parliament elections – ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

IEA research features in The Telegraph

IEA research from 2017 on the balance of panellists on the BBC's flagship political programmes has been referenced in The Telegraph. In his article, columnist Charles Moore cites the IEA's detailed breakdown of the BBC's Any Questions panel balance: 59 per cent of panellists supported Remain, against only 32 per cent for Brexit (the remainder ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood appears on Chopper's Brexit podcast

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on The Telegraph's Brexit podcast to discuss Brexit and the question of who funds think tanks. On Brexit, Mark argues that Brexit could be a great opportunity for this country if it is done well. There are medium to long-term gains that I ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Victoria Hewson writes for CapX

Victoria Hewson, Senior Counsel at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for CapX following the publication of her briefing on the possible models for leaving the EU. In the article Victoria argues that a 'Norway Plus' model of Brexit is legally fraught in the current forms of both the EFTA convention and the EEA ... Continue reading

IEA publishes report on the EEA and EFTA models to leave the European Union

Summary:  There seem to be three broad variations to the EEA model: Not joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and ‘continuing’ as party to the EEA Agreement Joining EFTA, and then becoming party to the EEA Agreement as an EFTA member Joining EFTA as an Associate Member and then becoming an EFTA party to ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham comments in The Telegraph

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has been quoted in The Telegraph today following the government's plans to cut tariffs in a no-deal scenario. In the article Shanker is quoted as saying that in the case of protecting British farmers, the Government could have adopted a first-come-first-served quota system of ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Those who voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU rightly complained about the centralised political structures in Brussels. The slogan was “take back control”. Even for Remain supporters, like me, that was an understandable slogan given the avalanche of regulation that comes from Brussels that affects our daily lives. ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
Olly Robbins assertion, slightly embarrassingly overheard and reported by a journalist - that the government is planning to give MPs a choice between voting for the Withdrawal Agreement or facing a lengthy extension of Article 50 - has caused controversy today.  His other comments, that the backstop was intended to be a ‘bridge’, (something that ... Continue reading