Research

IEA publishes report on the EEA and EFTA models of membership of the European Union

Summary:  There seem to be three broad variations to the EEA model: Not joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and ‘continuing’ as party to the EEA Agreement Joining EFTA, and then becoming party to the EEA Agreement as an EFTA member Joining EFTA as an Associate Member and then becoming an EFTA party to ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham comments in The Telegraph

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade and Competition Unit has been quoted in The Telegraph today following the government's plans to cut tariffs in a no-deal scenario. In the article Shanker is quoted as saying that in the case of protecting British farmers, the Government could have adopted a first-come-first-served quota system of ... Continue reading

Julian Jessop comments in the Daily Express

Julian Jessop, Economics Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in the Daily Express on how Brexit uncertainty is only one of several factors that has been undermining recovery in the Eurozone. In the article Julian argues that other factors include global trade fears, the slowdown in China, the problems in the auto ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

IEA is quoted in The Guardian

The IEA's reaction on the Spring Statement and the chancellor's plans to scrap visa caps for PhDs has featured in The Guardian. The article reports that under new plans jobs that require PhDs will become exempt from visa caps. But the IEA is quoted calling for caps on skilled workers to be abolished entirely. Read ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
James Dyson, the British billionaire entrepreneur, has announced that his company will relocate its HQ to Singapore. Having just returned from the financial services hub of South East Asia, it’s not hard for me to understand the appeal. Within one generation, this city state has transformed itself from a third world country to one of ... Continue reading
Trade, Development, and Immigration

Shanker Singham is quoted on the BBC News website

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA’s International Trade Unit has been quoted on the BBC news website on the potential options for a US-UK deal. In the article Shanker is quoted as suggesting that a common food standards zone covering the island of Ireland could be a way round the problem. The island is a ... Continue reading

Victoria Hewson appears on BBC Newsnight

Victoria Hewson, Senior Counsel of the IEA’s International Trade Unit has appeared on BBC Newsnight to discuss a potential UK-US trade deal. In the interview Victoria highlights that one of the more disappointing lines of this US proposal is that they will be preserving domestic protection programmes like America First, which is one of the ... Continue reading

Shanker Singham appears on BBC Newsnight

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA’s International Trade Unit has appeared on BBC Newsnight to discuss a potential UK-US trade deal. In the interview Shanker makes the point that America doesn't actually chlorinate chicken. They actually use peracetic acid which has been approved by the European Food Safety Agency five years ago. We can always ... Continue reading
Tax and Fiscal Policy

Shanker Singham appears on Channel 4 News

Shanker Singham, Director of the IEA's International Trade Unit has appeared on Channel 4 News to discuss tariffs. In the interview Shanker argues that the architect of free trade, Richard Cobden talked about a market price for bread. He didn't want the price of bread to go down to ever-decreasing amounts. A tariff increases the ... Continue reading

Chris Snowdon comments in The Times

Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs has commented in The Times on the suggestion that Brexit can be used to reduce sugar intake. In the article Chris argues that this is one of the sillier ideas to have emerged in the ongoing anti-sugar panic and, as usual, it involves raising ... Continue reading