Government and Institutions

Shanker Singham writes for The Sun

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has written for The Sun about what to avoid and what to push for to ensure we get the best deal for Britain and for the EU. Axe customs partnership Maximum facilitation - create a border between the EU and UK which is as ... Continue reading

UK must initiate negotiations with the EU as soon as possible

The timing and sequencing of trade negotiations is a subject that does not command much attention from commentators.  Yet, many of the substantive discussions are in danger of becoming academic if this issue is not better understood. By contrast, the EU has shown a much stronger mastery of how the timing can be used to ... Continue reading

Shanker Singham and Rado Tylecote write for Brexit Central

Shanker Singham and Rado Tylecote have written for Brexit Central on the impact of our independent trade policy of various arrangements the UK might have with the EU. An FTA with the EU must mean no membership of a customs union, the EEA or EFTA, and freedom to negotiate all future tariff schedules with third ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson appears on BBC World

Victoria Hewson, Counsel of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has appeared on BBC World to discuss post-Brexit trade and customs processes. In the interview Victoria argues that the ideal situation for the UK is a good deal with advanced customs facilitation and cooperation, and to make those transits as seamless, smooth and cost-less ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham features in The Times

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has commented in The Times on the story that Brexit could benefit Scotch whisky exporters. The UK’s narrower range of offensive interests made it more likely to succeed where the EU had failed to negotiate access for Scotch in growth markets. Despite US president ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop comments in the Daily Express

Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Daily Express on what a max-fac customs solution would really cost the UK. Of the three current options for the UK’s future customs arrangements with the EU, ‘Max Fac’ has the best chance of making the most of the opportunities created ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham is quoted in The Sun

Shanker Singham, Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs' International Trade and Competition Unit has featured in The Sun in an article about UK customs arrangements post-Brexit. David Davis is devising a new Brexit plan to break a talks deadlock by giving Northern Ireland joint EU and UK status as well as a border buffer ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

IEA paper is quoted in City AM

A paper circulated by the Institute of Economic Affairs which estimates the cost of Max Fac to businesses has featured in City AM. The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) estimates the cost OF Max Fac - which would allow so-called "trusted traders" to cross the Northern Ireland and other EU borders freely, aided by technology ... Continue reading
Research

IEA releases Brexit briefing on the case for 'MaxFac'

Summary: Of the three current options for UK''s future customs arrangements with the EU, 'MaxFac' has the best chance of making the most of the opportunities created by Brexit. MaxFac isn’t something completely new: it simply means agreeing to keep customs arrangements as streamlined as possible. What’s more, the systems and technologies for MaxFac already exist ... Continue reading