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Dr Huw Edwards on the ‘Economists for Free Trade’ report

Economists for Free Trade: Extraordinary Claims Demand Extraordinary Evidence, but they have provided none. In discussing the ‘Economists for Free Trade’ (EFT) ‘report’, I am unfortunately unable to comment upon the numerical and modelling work in any depth, since no technical documents have, to date, been released. (The absence of serious data, model details or […]






Hope, fear and the spaghetti bowl: Challenging some Brexit delusions

Hope, fear and the spaghetti  bowl: Challenging some Brexit delusions One of the rich ironies of the Brexit debate is that, for decades, the Eurosceptic elements of the British press have run continual scares about loss of national sovereignty and, more recently, about the supposed damages from large-scale immigration. However, now the referendum campaign is […]






Brexit and the trade debate

For people who want to read an article on UK, EU and Canadian trade that actually has some substance, I would strongly Simon Nixon’s piece in today’s Times. This explains clearly why a ‘Free Trade Area’ such as the old EFTA, or today’s NAFTA, is not synonymous with Free Trade. FTAs have no tariffs between […]






Ukraine’s trade choice is about more than trade

The fall of the Yanukovych government in Ukraine is a remarkable demonstration of the importance of trade agreements in modern geopolitics. Demonstrations in the main square of Kiev – the Euro-Maidan – began late last year, after the then government pulled out of a proposed partnership agreement with the EU in favour of a large […]






Deeper integration: Can it TTIP the world into recovery?

While news media focus on the economics of the Euro and the banking system, important things are happening in the European and global economy, with the potential to shape our lives. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations underway at present represent an ambitious attempt to revitalise the flagging Western economies, by removing numerous […]