Are the Remain commentariat ignorant or insincere? Or both?

22 Jan

Not long ago there was a vogue for the work of the American experimental psychologist, Professor Jonathan Haidt. The professor writes about the psychology of moral and political beliefs. Part of his thesis is that left-wing and right-wing sentiments are not symmetrical. He says if you get a group of right-leaning folk to write down […]

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Don’t believe those claiming we can’t swiftly negotiate a UK-EU trade deal next year

5 Dec

Predictably there are those already sneering at the Prime Minister’s ambition to complete a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union by the end of the implementation period and establish an independent trade policy for the United Kingdom. They cite the length of time it has taken for previous FTAs to be negotiated (especially with […]

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How might the EU react to the possible outcomes of the general election?

29 Nov

The upcoming general election may well turn out to be a de facto second referendum on Brexit. Here is an overview of the different scenarios that are possible and how the EU is likely to position itself in each case: The first scenario, which is taken by most as the base case, is for the […]

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A post-Brexit customs union with the EU would be the worst of all worlds

22 Nov

Of all the Brexit outcomes advocated by MPs, few have been more persistent – and persistently wrong – than the idea that we ought to remain in the/a customs union with the EU after we leave. Support for a customs union was official Labour Party policy for a while, but I am yet to hear […]

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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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If Boris Johnson secures a majority, the transition period will not be extended beyond next year

15 Nov

Boris Johnson’s on-the-record announcement last weekend that he will negotiate a SuperCanada-style Free Trade Agreement (FTA) – and that there will be no extension to the transition period after the end of 2020 – should give reassurance to all Brexit supporters that he is on a path to deliver a Brexit which gives us back […]

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Major trade partners seek compensation from UK and EU over Brexit

14 Nov

Leading trade partners are seeking compensation from the U.K. and EU over Brexit uncertainty that has disrupted pre-Christmas trade. Some 15 countries — including heavyweights such as Australia and the U.S. — raised concerns over their commercial losses at today’s meeting of the World Trade Organization’s goods council, according to a Geneva-based official in the […]

If he wins a majority, Boris Johnson would be well-placed to play hardball with the EU in negotiating the future relationship

31 Oct

Does Boris Johnson’s deal Take Back Control of our borders, our laws, our trade and our money? Yes, on balance it does, despite the doubts. After the transition period we leave the Single Market and Customs Union, can cut tariffs, negotiate trade deals and change our own rules, regulations and taxes. We will have our […]

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It’s worth reiterating that the reasons we had for leaving the EU in 2016 are just as valid today

16 Oct

In times of anxious stress, it is too easy to become engrossed in process rather than substance. Today, it is timely for Britain’s voters to restore their focus, and remind themselves why they voted by a clear majority to Leave the European Union. It was only after a momentous struggle, in the 1960s and 1970s, […]

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A short primer for Philip Hammond on the benefits of free trade deals

14 Oct

The news concerning the negotiations is at present confusing. Different sides put out different leaks and we all remain none the wiser. However the EU is at least engaging seriously with the UK and for the present that has given a number of people hope that something can be agreed. How strange, then, that at […]

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There is no reason to be bamboozled about dealing with the Irish border post-Brexit

8 Oct

In all the discussion about the Irish border, most of us can end up feeling pretty bamboozled by the whole thing.   However, there are some facts that are worth remembering which actually provide the keys to a future solution. Firstly, it is worth reminding ourselves of the present situation. The UK and Republic of […]

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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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Bonnie Greer’s intervention on Brexit and Ireland last week was spectacularly ill-judged

5 Oct

It’s hard to be surprised by anything surrounding Brexit these days, but sure enough the BBC did their best last week. This time it was the turn of playwright Bonnie Greer to weigh in on the debate as a panellist on this week’s edition of Question Time. What followed was fitting of an Alanis Morrisette […]

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