Trade, Development, and Immigration
The launch of a US/UK Working Group to discuss the future economic relationships between the two countries marks another important step towards a revival of global trade. The US may still not be first in line to sign a new trade deal with the UK when it leaves the EU (for now the frontrunner here ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

Julian Jessop comments in the Financial Times

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Financial Times on the Brexit deal. In the article Julian argues that all the issues in a no-deal scenario are fixable, but if they're not fixed then they'd be potentially catastrophic. Read the full article here.... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Not many people would have heard of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) until recently and even fewer will have had it in the front of their minds when voting on the UK’s membership of the EU. And yet the current furore over nuclear cooperation has the potential to cause a chain reaction that derails ... Continue reading
Continued from Part 1   Like British businesses, British universities need to look outside Europe as they plan for the post-Brexit future. Remember that, in world terms, EU universities are not strong performers. If you look at the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial are in the Top 10. UCL, LSE ... Continue reading
Universities are the worst place to talk positively about Brexit – in one YouGov poll 9 out of 10 academic staff apparently thought Brexit will have a negative impact on the higher education sector, while only 8% of the respondents admitted to having voted Leave. How should we read this? That university folk are particularly ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
Divorcing, or quitting a club? Stepping back a bit, the term ‘divorce bill’ is actually a little misleading. The EU existed before the UK joined and will (probably) last long after the UK has left. It is not therefore a simple matter of dividing up assets and liabilities in the same way as a divorcing ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
When I went to a gym for the first time, in 1998 or so, membership options were very straightforward: you were either a member, or you weren’t. Some gyms would allow you to vary the length of the contracting period, but that was the height of flexibility. Today, membership options at most gyms are so ... Continue reading
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, and the guarantee of a ‘good deal’ is still far from certain. That’s why ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop writes for Brexit Central

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for Brexit Central following the launch of the IEA's Brexit Unit. In his article Julian argues that the figure of £26 billion as a Brexit fee would be consistent with meeting half way between the EU's net €60 billion and the UK's fall-back ... Continue reading