Trade, Development, and Immigration

Mark Littlewood appears on BBC News

Britain is set to leave the European Union on January 31, but further Brexit talks are being put on hold due to the upcoming general election on December 12. But speaking on BBC News, Director General  Mark Littlewood predicted a deal will be struck just before next year’s deadline. When asked by the host when ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

IEA quoted in The Telegraph

New state aid rules, announced by the Conservative Party, which will form part of the UK's post-Brexit economic rules if the party wins the general election amount to “support for cronyism” according to a quote from IEA spokespeople. The Institute of Economic Affairs' response is referenced in an opinion piece by George Peretz and published ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

IEA quoted in the Daily Telegraph

New state aid rules proposed by the Conservative Party "translate to veiled support for cronyism," says the Institute of Economic Affairs. Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, IEA spokespeople added that policies of protectionism and interventionism "always end up disadvantaging smaller businesses in favour of a few giants." Read the full piece here.... Continue reading
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Julian Jessop quoted in the New Statesman

Conservative plans to "Buy British" and support struggling industries will "make it harder for the public sector to access the best products at the best price," says Julian Jessop, Economics Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Quoted in the New Statesman, Julian says the party's latest election proposals will mean consumers or taxpayers "will suffer ... Continue reading
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Victoria Hewson quoted by Huffington Post

Conservative Party proposals for state-aid rules post-Brexit, would "stifle our economy", says Victoria Hewson, IEA Head of Regulatory Affairs. Quoted by Huffington Post, Victoria says the new proposals would  "use taxpayers’ money to prop up industries that have no future" and  "disadvantage smaller businesses in favour of a few giants." Read the full piece here.... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson quoted by City A.M.

Conservative announcements on proposed new state aid rules post-Brexit "call into question [the party's] basic understanding of how [free markets] work," says Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Quoted in City A.M., Victoria adds that "interventionist and protectionist policies always end up disadvantaging smaller businesses in favour of a ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson quoted in the Financial Times

As the Conservative Party announce plans for state aid rules, post-Brexit, IEA spokespeople said it would "move swiftly in the wrong direction". Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said the plans would "[cripple] the emergence of new and innovative businesses that our economy relies on." Read the full piece ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson writes for BrexitCentral

The Labour Party's claims that leaked trade talk papers show the NHS is "up for sale", and that there have been two years of talks "about how drug companies can rip off the NHS", do not hold up under scrutiny, argues Head of Regulatory Affairs Victoria Hewson. Writing for BrexitCentral, Victoria notes that while the ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City AM

"The hysteria being whipped up over the NHS is rooted in political messaging, not evidence" argues Associate Director Kate Andrews in a debate column for City AM. Kate notes that, having read the contents of the leaked trade talk papers, there is no proof to back up the claims that the NHS is up for ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration
…continued from Part 1   Regulatory barriers to trade The increase in regulatory barriers to trade started following the financial crisis and the conclusion from the crude analysis of the Fraser Index data is borne out by studies from the WTO, the IMF and others. A typical non-tariff barrier to trade might be a regulation ... Continue reading