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 have caused controversy today.  His other comments, that backstop was intended to be a ‘bridge’ (something that would be embarked ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Rebecca Lowe appears on BBC Radio 4 Today

The IEA's Director of FREER Rebecca Lowe appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme to discuss the International Trade Secretary's consideration of cutting import tariffs to zero in the case of a no-deal Brexit. Rebecca argued that lowering tariffs means: "More competition, more innovation, lower prices. "Exporters are usually importers too. We can reduce the ... Continue reading

Felix Hathaway writes for Brexit Central

The IEA's Research Assistant Felix Hathaway has written for Brexit Central on problems and solutions in the case of a no-deal Brexit scenario. "Take the risks around ports and ‘just-in-time’ supply chains. The fear here is that delays at ports, arising from either checks on regulatory compliance or additional customs paperwork, cause sufficient delays to ... Continue reading

No-Deal Fear-Checker, No. 9

The UK imports 30% of its food from the EU, an amount that will be at its peak in March due to the low availability of domestic fresh produce at that time. Much of it comes through the Calais to Dover ferry route or the Eurotunnel. As it stands, if we leave the EU without ... Continue reading

IEA release report on the effect of a "No-Deal" Brexit on food supply

Today the Institute of Economic Affairs launches another briefing in its series of ‘no-deal’ Brexit Fear-Checkers to help separate theoretical risks from reality; Project Fear from Project Fact. These short briefings look at a particular warning about the impact of leaving the EU without a deal, assess the problem, and outline what can be done to fix ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

IEA research features in The Economist

The Institute of Economic Affairs research on the BBC's Question Time Brexit bias has been referenced in The Economist. The article references that the IEA found the programme is heavily skewed. The IEA's research found that 69% of guests in the 18 months after the Brexit referendum had supported the Remain campaign. Read the full ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham appears on Channel 4 News

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has appeared on Channel 4 News to discuss the fallout of Brexit. In the interview Shanker argues that Brexit is an unprecedented event. From a global perspective what is happening is that you have a major G7 nation adopting independent trade and regulatory policy ... Continue reading

Shanker Singham writes for The Sun

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has written for The Sun on how the government can plan to ensure no-deal is not a disaster. We need a strategy that we should have used from the start. That means aiming for the best deal by laying out the alternatives to the ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times Business on the impact of the current political climate on the economy. The accepted wisdom is that uncertainty and unpredictability in the arena of politics are highly deleterious to the economy. The reasoning goes that if businesses don’t have some ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham talks on LBC Radio

Shanker Singham, Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit at the Institute of Economic Affairs, went on LBC Radio to talk to Nigel Farage about the dangerous narrative of ‘doomsday’ no-deal predictions. Shanker said: "If you're assuming the UK will do nothing different if we have a WTO or an advance free trade agreement ... Continue reading