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Simon Barnett
18 July 2016
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Let's talk about our economy. Our ≈£2.66 trillion GDP is comprised of slightly less than £2.1 trillion of services. It would be fair to describe the UK as a post-industrial...
Jonathan Portes
8 July 2016
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Before the referendum, it appeared that a Brexit vote would mean that the UK faced a clear choice on immigration policy.  If we wanted as far as possible to retain access to the Single Market,...
Ryan Bourne
30 June 2016
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The consequences of the Brexit vote have been brutal for the political establishment. And rightly so given the shock result we saw last week. It highlighted a chasm between the accepted wisdom of...
Diego Zuluaga
22 April 2016
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Eurosceptics claim that UK sovereignty is hopelessly hampered by EU membership. This is inaccurate. Most key state powers such as taxation, welfare, healthcare, education, planning and much...
Philip Booth
19 April 2016
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The City is split when it comes to Brexit. Certainly, the larger City institutions with significant EU business tend to side with Remain. However, smaller companies and those with a more global...
Ryan Bourne
18 March 2016
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At our IEA Brexit debate, my opponent and colleague Diego Zuluaga appealed to the authority of Friedrich Hayek’s advocacy of a European economic federation as evidence that the EU should be...
Diego Zuluaga
17 March 2016
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To conjecture what Hayek’s stance might have been on Britain’s EU referendum and the current state of the European project more generally, it is instructive to consider his biography. The...
Philip Booth and Diego Zuluaga
29 February 2016
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The subsidiary principle is a well-established notion in Catholic social teaching. It was also intended to be a core principle of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty. Subsidiarity is commonly taken to mean...
Philip Booth
5 November 2015
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Supra-national authorities, such as the EU, should do two things. They should restrain governments from over-stepping their natural authority. Second, they should provide ‘public goods’...
Philip Booth
1 May 2014
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Two fallacies are common in the EU debate. One is the ‘nirvana fallacy’, the idea that, if we leave the EU, we will have optimal policy at home. In financial services, for instance, while...
Philip Booth
11 October 2013
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I am currently attending a conference on the future of financial regulation being held by the Irish central bank in Dublin. We are hearing from the regulators about the importance of global...
Mark Harrison
7 February 2012
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Why didn’t Europe's builders stop with the single market? The European single market was a huge achievement. Enacted between 1987 and 1992, it eliminated many physical, technical and...