Busting more myths about the free trade deals we can do around the world after Brexit

16 Nov

The usual anti-Brexit groups, including the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, the IFS with its Green Budget Citibank partner, and the King’s College economists who run the ESRC’s The UK in a Changing Europe programme, are already attacking Boris Johnson’s EU deal, saying it will bring no benefits from free trade agreements with non-EU trade […]

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Brexit has challenged the comfort and authority of the Establishment

24 Oct

I’ve always thought of the Establishment as a vague but useful description for the clusters at the top of the tree in politics and society: those who have the power to shape our ordinary lives rough hew them how we may; paternalist chaps and chappesses rather like the eighteenth century aristocracy, but a bit more […]

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The economic case for a clean break from the EU’s protectionist cartel is stronger than ever

6 Oct

The media furore surrounding Boris Johnson’s proposal to the EU demonstrates once again how the debate around Brexit has shifted. Whereas once the debate was dominated by the economic arguments for and against, often weighed against other issues such as immigration and sovereignty, we have come to the point where politicians are focused on the […]

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Johnson and Trump eye US-UK trade deal ‘within a year’

25 Aug

BIARRITZ, France — U.S. President Donald Trump wants a trade deal with the U.K. by the summer of 2020, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said following their meeting at the G7 summit. Acknowledging that a 12-month timetable for a post-Brexit pact with Washington was “very fast,” Johnson nevertheless said he’d “love to” to deliver an […]

Why a US-UK trade deal ought to mean us finally getting some sense from Brussels

28 Jul

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already made it clear he will urgently look for a trade deal with President Trump. From a purely political viewpoint, this clearly makes sense in a world where the EU is mortally afraid of what President Trump might do next to it. However, there is also an economic logic to […]

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