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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 […]






Why the media is wrong about Brexit (it’s not about ‘hard’ or ‘soft’)

Professor Alistair Milne at the SBE has just written a new blog post for The UK in a Changing Europe, published today, about why the CBI are right in calling for an extended negotiation with the EU over Britain’s exit. He writes: “In a recent speech Carolyn Fairbairn and Rain Newton Smith of the Confederation […]






Brexit negotiations: Turning points and concessions

This Blog post was originally published on The UK in a Changing Europe website on 28th June 2017. The concessions from the UK side on the sequencing of the talks on the opening of negotiations on 19 June was hardly surprising given the developments relating to the UK election on June 8. Conducted in an […]






How European academics are feeling about life in Britain after the Brexit vote

Professor Monica Giulietti is interviewed in a new Blog post in The Conversation about how the Brexit vote is affecting European academics working in the United Kingdom. Monica, who is Italian by birth, has been living and working in the UK for nearly 24 years and has been a Professor of Microeconomics at the SBE […]






How Brexit opened up the Pandora’s box of Italy’s banking malaise

The SBE’s Andrea Lagna has written an interesting post published in The Conversation recently about the affect of the EU Referendum result in June on Italian banking: “Brexit has triggered a financial chain reaction that has also exposed the problems of the Italian banking system. The UK’s decision to leave the EU made investors fearful that […]






10 myths in the Brexit debate

On June 23rd the British electorate will make one of the most momentous decisions to face the UK in several generations: whether or not to formally leave the EU (BREXIT). It will have momentous implications in several areas: the growth potential of the economy; trade relationships and volumes; foreign direct investment in the economy; the […]






What would Brexit mean for the automotive industry?

The silence was stunning. At a recent meeting of the Automotive Fellowship International, Steve Nash, the CEO of the IMI, was chairing a debate on the future of the franchise system in Western Europe and asked: “What do you think the implications of Brexit would be for the retail automotive sector in the UK?” The […]






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: A View from East Asia

Viewing the Brexit debate from East Asia provides an interesting perspective into the international influence enjoyed by both the UK and the EU. From the perspective of China, Japan, and South Korea, both the UK and the EU remain an attractive market: the UK as one of the most liberalised economies in the world; and […]






The EU Referendum: An application of Public Choice economics

  My small plea in the EU referendum debate is for voters to ignore overblown rhetoric, whether about “the European ideal” or about “this scepter’d isle”, and to focus instead on incentives. I’ll give three brief examples. First, the people working in Brussels – the MEPs, Commissioners, and bureaucrats – are human like the rest […]