The opportunity before the UK as a result of Brexit is, this paper proposes, a great one: but if the UK squanders it, what has been described as the ‘new normal’ of limited economic growth could prevail, with an EU system that does not appear to be responding on a competitive level to the challenges ... Continue reading

Opportunities and challenges for UK agriculture

This paper examines the current state of UK agriculture and makes recommendations as to what the long term goals of a UK agricultural policy could be, after the UK leaves the EU, in a way that maximises the potential benefits of a genuinely independent agricultural policy, while minimising the disruptions caused by leaving the EU. ... 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

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

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
There are three main factors behind the fears in relation to medical provisions post-Brexit. Here we examine what the potential problems are and the available solutions. The flexibility available to the UK government and regulators means that they should be able to overcome the regulatory barriers and minimise logistical delays in the supply of medicines. ... Continue reading

UK regulatory autonomy, recognition, and a productive economy

Summary:  Withdrawal from the EU must mean regulatory autonomy for the United Kingdom – sovereignty over its regulations. This reflects the democratic mandate of the 2016 referendum and the 2017 manifesto commitments of the Conservative and Labour Parties, and will propel growth and competition in the economy. It is also necessary for the UK to ... 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