Should the UK remain in a Customs Union?

This Blog post was written by Dr Huw Edwards. The debate over ‘what kind of Brexit?’ seems to be reaching an important tipping point, with the Labour party now joining with pro-European Tories and the Confederation of British Industry in recommending one particular form of ‘soft Brexit’: namely, that the UK should remain in aRead more

Randall M Wigle: A ‘quick’ British-American trade deal? 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

David T Llewellyn: 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

Jim Saker: 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

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 restRead more