Trade, Development, and Immigration

IEA unveils its comprehensive, alternative framework for Brexit

Today the Institute of Economic Affairs unveils a comprehensive, alternative framework for future trade relationships between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and, just as importantly, with the rest of the world. The report, Plan A+: Creating a prosperous post-Brexit U.K., calls for the adoption of a four-pillared trade policy strategy, taking unilateral, bilateral, ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

IEA releases next two fear-checkers

The next two installments of the IEA’s no-deal Brexit ‘Fear-Checkers’ - which help to separate theoretical risks from reality - deal with the initial economic impact of the vote to leave the EU, and the claim that Brexit could turn back the clock on women's rights. The first briefing challenges the methodologies used by UBS, ... Continue reading

IEA reacts to Government's plan on mobile phone roaming charges in a no-deal scenario

Responding to the Government's plan for mobile phone roaming charges if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “The Government’s plan for dealing with retail roaming charges after Brexit is pragmatic and sensible. As a recent IEA briefing argues, the UK can simply ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment

IEA releases report on fisheries policy post-Brexit

With Brexit, the UK has the opportunity to regain control over, and develop a modern and successful fisheries policy. Under the Common Fisheries Policy, the British fishing industry has been in decline. These policies have failed to protect fish stocks, frustrated ordinary competitive forces with protectionist subsidies, and stifled innovation and investment in the industry ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment

IEA reacts to endorsement of an energy price cap

Responding to Ofgem's support for an energy price cap, Julian Jessop, Chief Economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “The government’s proposed energy price cap is, at best, a pointless gimmick, and, at worst, will actually result in higher bills and lower levels of service for many consumers. "Ofgem’s cap on the default Standard ... Continue reading
The Institute of Economic Affairs, the UK’s leading free-market think tank, today announces changes to its communications, digital and public affairs teams. The IEA seeks to promote the role of markets in solving economic and social problems, aiming to change the climate of opinion over the long term. Kate Andrews has been appointed Associate Director ... Continue reading

IEA releases report on reform of the minimum wage

A new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs calls for an overhaul of UK’s minimum wage rate structure, by adjusting to just one or two rates for all workers aged 18 and over. The UK currently has five different age-related minimum hourly wage rates - more than almost any other country - and, if adopted, the ... Continue reading

IEA responds to news the Government is going to consult over energy drinks

Responding to the news that the Government will consult on banning the sale of energy drinks to children, Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “It is not clear what problem the Government is trying to tackle with this consultation. If the issue is the sugar in these drinks, ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

IEA launches a series of ‘no deal’ Brexit Fear-Checkers to help separate Project Fear from Project Fact

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

IEA responds to Lancet report on alcohol control

Responding to an article in The Lancet* calling for a global movement of 'alcohol control', Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs said: “This is the slippery slope in action, with all the rhetoric we are used to hearing from tobacco control activists. There should no longer be any doubt ... Continue reading