IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit releases briefing on the Backstop

Summary:  The provisions of the Protocol deliver what has become known as the ‘backstop’ for the Irish border. They come into effect if no other agreement that addresses the issues in connection with the Irish border has been reached by the end of the Transition Period on 31 December 2020, or any extension of that ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
On Monday, the IEA launched a substantial discussion paper making a set of practical proposals (“Plan A+”) to break the current deadlock in the talks between the UK and the EU. Consistent with our intellectual philosophy and educational purpose, it also made the case for shifting Brexit in a more free-market and outward-looking direction. As ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Victoria Hewson writes for City AM

Victoria Hewson, Senior Counsel to the International Trade and Competition Unit, has co-written an op-ed in City AM today on what a UK-US trade deal could look like. This follows on from a draft agreement published by the Initiative for Free Trade in London, and the Cato Institute in Washington: The Ideal US-UK Free Trade ... Continue reading

A Free Trader's Perspective

Summary: This paper is intended to serve several related purposes. First, it is to persuade policymakers and the public in both the United States and the United Kingdom that it is in their respective national interests to enter into a comprehensive bilateral trade and investment agreement. Specifically, the goal is to establish that the type ... Continue reading

Shanker Singham comments in The Daily Telegraph

Shanker Singham comments in The Daily Telegraph today on Christine Lagarde's forecasts for the post-Brexit UK economy. Reacting to the head of the IMF's remarks, Shanker said: "Gloomy forecasts such as the IMF's are based on pessimistic assumptions and are usually inaccurate, as we saw straight after  the Brexit vote in 2016. "The Prime Minister ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham writes for City AM

Writing in City AM, ITCU director Shanker Singham posits that it is time for the Government to reclaim the Brexit prize, as outlined by the Prime Minister in her Lancaster House speech. That prize must include the ability to improve our own domestic economy: by controlling and improving the UK’s regulatory and trading environment, strengthening ... Continue reading

Shanker Singham writes for Brexit Central

Writing for Brexit Central, Shanker Singham noted the incredible opportunity Brexit provides to reform the UK fisheries policy. With this in mind, Shanker's International Trade and Competition Unit (ITCU) have published a new paper, Net Gain, outlining a new policy that can benefit the environment, fisherman and consumers. "Leaving the European Union and its CFP provides the ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham appears on Today

Shanker Singham appears on BBC Radio 4's Today programme discussing the progress of negotiations and the direction the UK should be taking. Shanker argues that we must pursue the Brexit prize of independent trade and regulatory policies. Noting the difficulty in successfully modelling or predicting the future benefits of an independent trade policy, Shanker argues ... Continue reading

IEA sets out framework for independent UK Fisheries policy

IEA sets out framework for independent UK Fisheries policy The primary objective of a UK fisheries policy should be to balance the goals of ensuring a viable future for commercial fishing in UK waters, ensuring sustainability, and enabling UK consumers to have access to cheaper fish and fish products. This should be based on a ... Continue reading
“Name one EU regulation or law you would change?" This question is often posed to Brexiteers, usually by those who believe Eurosceptics lack detailed arguments or, worse still, didn’t know precisely what they were voting for. Though this may be true in some cases, EU-friendly commentators are also, at times, guilty of a myopia of ... Continue reading