Kate Andrews appears on BBC Question Time

Kate Andrews, News Editor at the Institute of Economic Affairs has appeared on the BBC Question Time panel.

On Brexit becoming a pantomime:

There are pros and cons to any vote, particularly one of this magnitude. If you decide to stay in the single market and the customs union you are cutting yourself off from one of the biggest opportunities Brexit has to offer – that you get to create free trade deals around the world. This has become a pantomime – the politics and personalities are getting in the way of good negotiating.

On Brexit impact assessments:

We want to be talking what those impact assessments would look like, if we were able to do them and the truth of the matter is you get a lot of nonsensical statistics. Economists are really good at analysing the past, they are really bad at predicting the future. What we need politicians to be doing is negotiating the best trade deal possible.

On a no-deal scenario for Brexit Britain:

No party negotiating right now wants a no-deal scenario because both sides have too much to lose. That being said I don’t think that a bare-bones Brexit would be the end of the world. If we were to crash out with a structure of a deal, that wasn’t filled in yet then that wouldn’t be a disaster. Let’s not aim for a no-deal – we have to continue to look at the positives of Brexit.

On Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel:

My default position on the President if he has said or done anything that I disagree with him. But a broken clock is right twice a day and I think the President is right to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This has been US policy since 1995. It was recently as June this year that the House of Senate voted unanimously to prod the President to introduce this policy. We are living in a dream world if we think the two state solution is going to result in a divided Jerusalem. I hope this move will move the peace process forward.

On social class and social mobility:

Social class certainly needs to be discussed more. Let’s talk what we can actually do about this. Housing costs, particularly in England, but across the board are hugely expensive. Let’s liberalise the planning system so that we can increase supply and bring down costs. Electricity costs in England and Wales have increased by almost 50% because of onerous regulations. Childcare costs are some of the highest in the OECD, we can tackle this by deregulating the market.

On whether we should allow anyone who fought Isis back in the UK:

What separates everyone in this room today from the people who go off and fight for Isis, is that we respect the rule of law and human rights. We’re not going to shed a tear for them if they don’t come back, but if they do they should be brought in, they should be tried, they should feel the full weight of the law on their shoulders and they should be locked up for life.

On whether there’ll be a general election in the next 6 months:

No, but I do think that Mrs May may end up handing post-Brexited Britain to Jeremy Corbyn.

Watch the full programme here.