A ‘quick’ British-American trade deal? NAFTA suggests not a chance

This Blog post was published in The Conversation on 22nd November 2017 – written by SBE’s Visiting Professor of Economics Randall Wigle from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada Being a Canadian sabbatical visitor in the United Kingdom this year has allowed me to witness Brexit politics at close hand. As an economist, I’ve found it fascinating.Read more

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 orRead more

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 anRead more

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 thatRead more

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; theRead more

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?” TheRead more

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 isRead more

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; andRead more

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