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Ryan Bourne
26 April 2016
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Conventional commentariat wisdom has it that the EU referendum pits those concerned about economics versus those concerned about immigration. But a quick perusal of the leading intellectual voices...
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...
Len Shackleton
14 April 2016
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‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ is the rather clumsy question – its wording has been fought over – with which...
Philip Booth
6 April 2016
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Benjamin Wrench recently wrote a paper titled Risk and Reward: why the EU separates risk from reward and what this means for the City. This blog post is a rough transcript of Prof Booth’s...
Dalibor Rohac
30 March 2016
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Not so long ago, I was a proud member of the free-market Eurosceptic crowd. For years, I quite literally made my living criticising the EU’s populist overregulation, moral hazard, the...
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...
Ryan Bourne
9 March 2016
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On 8 March 2016, the IEA hosted the event ‘Should supporters of free markets support Britain’s continuing membership of the EU?’. The article below is based on Ryan Bourne’s...
Diego Zuluaga
9 March 2016
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On 8 March 2016, the IEA hosted the event ‘Should supporters of free markets support Britain’s continuing membership of the EU?’. The article below is based on Diego Zuluaga...
Philip Booth
9 March 2016
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So far, the Brexit debate has hardly been inspiring. The Remain side has struggled to come out with facts that resonate with the public and that are also accurate. The Brexit side is split: some...
Ryan Bourne
7 March 2016
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The actor Norman Reedus once said that “the dog with the loudest bark is the most afraid”. Last week, George Osborne showed how true this is, offering up warnings of the “profound...
Len Shackleton
28 January 2016
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Most of the discussion about the upcoming referendum concentrates on what the effects of Brexit would be on the UK. But what of its impact on the rest of the European Union? David Folkerts-Landau of...
Ryan Bourne
23 December 2015
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As the referendum gets closer, we will hear lots about whether Britain could flourish economically outside the EU. On the face of it, the answer is obviously yes. Countries inside and outside show...
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’...
Ryan Bourne
27 October 2015
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With the Prime Minister apparently arranging panicked meetings of special advisers to aid the floundering Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, the UK’s EU referendum debate is effectively...
Ralph Buckle
16 February 2015
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In our chapter for the IEA‘s latest monograph Brexit: Directions for Britain Outside the EU, Tim Hewish and I argue that, if Britain were to leave the EU, its first port of call when seeking...
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...
Mark Littlewood
10 April 2014
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Though you wouldn’t know it if from watching the BBC, opinion polls suggest that about half of British people want to leave the EU. But, what would we do if we left? If there is a referendum on...
Steve Davies
9 April 2014
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It would be easy to think that the debate about Britain’s membership of the EU has been done to death. Yet there has been relatively little serious discussion about the alternatives to EU...