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
Government and Institutions
The new mantra of the people is “tax more, spend more”, at least according to the British Social Attitudes 2017 findings, released yesterday. For the first time since 2004, more Brits (48 per cent) support government increasing the tax take than support keeping it around the same level (44 per cent). Many are hailing this ... 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
Economic Theory
Jeremy Corbyn described the recent Queen's Speech as "thin gruel". It didn't "have enough meat for one year, let alone two". There are many imperfections in our economy and society. It is natural to want governments to put them right. The common assumption is that governments should legislate to do that. But should we judge ... 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
Government and Institutions

IEA research features in the Daily Express

New research from the Institute of Economic Affairs making the case that Britain should pay no more than £26 billion for its divorce bill, has featured in The Daily Express. The article quotes the IEA's Chief Economist Julian Jessop, saying that the Brexit negotiations will need to decide how much the UK will pay the ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions

IEA research features in the Daily Mail

New research from the Institute of Economic Affairs making the case that Britain should pay no more than £26 billion for its divorce bill, has featured in The Daily Mail. The article quoted Julian Jessop, the IEA's Chief Economist, saying that the upper limit for any payment should be £21 billion for liabilities under the ... Continue reading