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Britain’s immigration system isn’t fit for purpose. Its political targets are perverse. Its guiding philosophy is reminiscent of Soviet-style central planning. The resulting rules are unworkably complex. Their administration by the Home Office mixes incompetence with malice. The upshot is heavy-handed controls that still leave voters feeling that things are out of control. That’s bad […]

Posted 03 Apr 2018 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, CapX, Immigration
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Sometimes it takes a prime minister of Luxembourg to hit the nail on the head. “They [Britain] were in with a load of opt-outs. Now they are out, and want a load of opt-ins,” said Xavier Bettel. The problem for the UK is that the European Union is much less accommodating of its demands for […]

Posted 13 Mar 2018 in Blog, Brexit, CapX
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Britain still hasn’t decided what kind of post-Brexit trading relationship it wants with the EU. If the government insists on controlling EU migration, the Norway model is out. So what about remaining in a customs union with the EU? Contrary to what is often claimed, that would not avert the introduction of customs controls at […]

Posted 13 Feb 2018 in Blog, Brexit, CapX, Financial Times
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Posted 07 Dec 2017 in Blog, Brexit, CapX, Trade
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Listen to the podcast of LSE European Institute event with Sara Hobolt, John Rentoul and me. My initial remarks start after 26:30 minutes Tweet

Posted 23 Nov 2017 in Blog, Brexit, LSE
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Here and here. Tweet

Posted 17 Oct 2017 in Blog, Brexit
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Posted 27 Sep 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Foreign Policy
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My take on Theresa May’s Florence speech and the new round of negotiations that started today for CapX Tweet

Posted 25 Sep 2017 in Blog, Brexit, CapX
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that would involve staying in the single market and customs union for a few years after Brexit. My latest for CapX Tweet

Posted 05 Sep 2017 in Blog, Brexit, CapX
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The Brexit negotiations are at an impasse, notably over money. Some hotheads are suggesting that the UK should try to force the EU to back down by threatening a chaotic no-deal Brexit. But while a credible plan B would indeed strengthen the UK’s negotiating hand, a no-deal Brexit is no such thing. My latest for […]

Posted 05 Sep 2017 in Blog, Brexit, CapX
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I was interviewed by Project Syndicate for their podcast series Tweet

Posted 04 Sep 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Project Syndicate
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My column for CapX Tweet

Posted 12 Jul 2017 in Blog, Brexit, CapX, Europe, Japan, Trade
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My latest column for Foreign Policy Tweet

Posted 13 Jun 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Foreign Policy
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Theresa May is likely to win the UK’s snap election on 8 June. A big parliamentary majority and not having to face voters again until 2022 could give her more flexibility in negotiating and implementing Brexit. But contrary to what she claims, that wouldn’t strengthen her negotiating position vis-a-vis the EU; if anything, it would […]

Posted 20 Apr 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Politics, Scotland
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What future for post-Brexit Britain? My piece for Aspen Institute Italia Tweet

Posted 29 Mar 2017 in Blog, Brexit
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Posted 20 Mar 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Ireland, Irish Examiner
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I have evidence to the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs committee on what a post-Brexit immigration system should look like. Watch it here. My testimony was quoted in The Sun and the Express. The BBC posted a clip of me explaining why immigration tends to boost GDP per capita. Tweet

Posted 23 Feb 2017 in BBC Online, Blog, Brexit, Britain, Immigration
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Theresa May has finally set out her Brexit negotiating objectives. While she belatedly recognised that curtailing free movement requires leaving the single market, she wasn’t honest about the implications of leaving the customs union and her two-year timetable for striking an exit and a trade deal is unrealistic. The chances of Britain leaving without a […]

Posted 19 Jan 2017 in Blog, Brexit, Project Syndicate
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A hard Brexit would be a disaster for Britain’s economy, especially in a more protectionist Trump world – and we are already all poorer due to the pound’s plunge. My column for Prospect Tweet

Posted 18 Nov 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Prospect
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Conservative Brexiteers – who campaigned for the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union – continue to blather about building an open, outward-looking, free-trading Britain. But the UK is in fact turning inward. Prime Minister Theresa May, who styles herself as the UK’s answer to Angela Merkel, is turning out to have more […]