Economics of Brexit

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    London Calling Brexit: The City of London and the ‘baptist-bootlegger’ coalition

London Calling Brexit: The City of London and the ‘baptist-bootlegger’ coalition

Think of London and Brexit and most will think of what it means for ‘the City’, the heart of the UK’s financial services industry. In this, the second in our London Calling Brexit series, Scott James (King’s College London) and Lucia Quaglia (University of Bologna) examine why London’s financial institutions have failed to wield the influence over Brexit that […]

The effect on foreign multinationals: an under-explored aspect of Brexit

While most of the studies on Brexit have focused on its trade effects, very few have analysed the likely impact on foreign multinationals. Claudia Fernández-Pacheco Theurer (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), Jose Luis López Ruiz and María C. Latorre (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, left) argue that this is an important omission. They show how data on trade and foreign multinationals affiliates’ sales underlines […]

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    Long read: Global cities, multinationals, and trade in the age of Brexit

Long read: Global cities, multinationals, and trade in the age of Brexit

This post is the third in a series analysing the prospects for trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) diversification, with a particular focus on the UK and Canada in the age of Brexit. Daniel Shapiro, Saul Estrin, Christine Cote, Klaus Meyer, and Jing Li examine the nature of trade in services using ideas developed in the international business and economic geography literature to explore […]

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    Long read: Can the UK capitalise on its service-based economy for trade diversification post Brexit?

Long read: Can the UK capitalise on its service-based economy for trade diversification post Brexit?

As concerns increase over the prospects for a positive post-Brexit agreement with the EU on the terms of exit, much attention continues to be focused on the attractiveness and viability of UK trade diversification. Our first post concluded that physical distance still matters in economic relations between countries and that the role of gravity when considering trade in goods, while […]

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    Just how wrong is the Brexiteer view of an anti-market EU? Ask Canada or Australia

Just how wrong is the Brexiteer view of an anti-market EU? Ask Canada or Australia

Just how wrong is the Brexiteer view of an anti-market EU? Ask Canada or Australia, write Craig Parsons and Benedikt Springer. Brexiteers have frequently characterized the EU as a regulatory nightmare that impedes Britain’s traditional commitment to global openness and free trade. Well-informed observers generally know this is implausible—the EU is built around deep “single market” liberalisation, and promotes free-trade deals worldwide—but […]

The regulation of unfair trading practices after Brexit

The effect of Brexit on unfair trading practices (UTPs) has been largely overlooked, yet it could be very significant – especially in agriculture. Tom Verdonk (KU Leuven) looks at whether the regulations could diverge and what impact that would have.

With the UK’s imminent withdrawal from the EU, the EU’s motto “United in diversity” has clearly taken a hit. While […]

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    Pushing the BoE to the limit: what a no-deal Brexit will mean for UK exchange and interest rates

Pushing the BoE to the limit: what a no-deal Brexit will mean for UK exchange and interest rates

The absence of a trade agreement between UK and EU will yield further depreciations of the pound relative to leading currencies, explain Michael Ellington and Costas Milas. This will then lead to a sharp cut in the Bank of England’s policy rate and to another round of quantitative easing. In other words, a no-deal Brexit will push the Bank […]

A rational backlash against globalisation

The vote for Brexit and the election of protectionist Donald Trump to the US presidency – two momentous markers of the ongoing pushback against globalisation – led some to question the rationality of voters. Lubos Pastor and Pietro Veronesi (University of Chicago Booth School of Business) present a framework that demonstrates how the populist backlash against globalisation is actually a rational […]

Negotiating Single Market access with the EU: institutional lessons from Switzerland

Switzerland is in the midst of negotiating an institutional framework for some of its more important bilateral agreements with the EU. Laura Knöpfel (King’s College London) and Cenni Najy (University of Geneva) look at what institutional lessons can be learned for the UK as it tries to leave the EU while remaining partly in the Single Market.
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Will the Brexit cloud have a silver lining for conservationists?

Were we starting from a place where nature was fully protected and thriving, dismantling the structures and support provided by the EU would be a more worrying prospect, writes Mike Townsend (Woodland Trust). But while the EU provides many environmental benefits the state of the natural environment remains woeful. We must seize this opportunity to reframe nature conservation.

The UK’s […]