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“It’s a pity that Theresa May has a chance to re-think immigration policy and she is falling back on a tried and tested failure,” I said, on Theresa May’s decision to keep the UK’s absurd net migration target, which she repeatedly missed during her six years as Home Secretary. Read the piece here. Tweet

Posted 21 Apr 2017 in Blog, Britain, City AM, Immigration
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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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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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My column for CapX Tweet

Posted 22 Nov 2016 in Blog, Britain, CapX, Immigration
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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 […]

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More topical than ever, my debate with Ed West for Bright Blue’s magazine, Centre Write. Tweet

Posted 01 Jul 2016 in Blog, Bright Blue, Britain, Immigration
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In CityAM Mark Sands quoted me in a piece on the impact of migrants on housing and public services on 1 June. Fellow economist Philippe Legrain, who supports liberal migration rules, slammed Fox’s comments. “This is more than dog whistle politics, it’s just demonising migrants for the failings of the British economy and the British […]

Posted 01 Jun 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Immigration
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and it is both disingenuous and wrong-headed of Boris Johnson and his fellow Brexiteers to argue that if only Britain left the EU, the government would be free to pursue a failed 1970s-style industrial policy to prop up unprofitable businesses such as Tata Steel’s. My article for CapX Tweet

Posted 05 Apr 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Trade
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My column for CapX Tweet

Posted 03 Feb 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Europe
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In an excellent piece on why Britain ought to accept more refugees, Jonathan Portes writes: As Philippe Legrain from LSE’s European Institute points out in his forthcoming paper on this topic, welcoming refugees is not only a humanitarian and legal obligation: it is an investment that can yield substantial economic dividends. Tweet

Posted 01 Feb 2016 in Blog, Britain, Immigration, The Independent
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My column for CapX Tweet

Posted 29 Jan 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, CapX, Europe
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My column for CapX Tweet

Posted 07 Jan 2016 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Europe
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One consequence of the Paris attacks is that Britain’s renegotiation of its EU membership has been delayed. With the risks of Brexit rising by the day, David Cameron’s priority should be to complete the renegotiation as quickly as possible, declare victory, and start campaigning vigorously on the broader reasons why Britain should stay in the […]

Posted 15 Dec 2015 in Blog, Britain, Europe, Politics
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Mon interview avec atlantico.fr Tweet

Posted 09 Nov 2015 in Atlantico.fr, Blog, Britain, Europe
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My column for Foreign Policy argues that British exit from the EU is much more likely than people think Tweet

Posted 03 Nov 2015 in Blog, Brexit, Britain, Foreign Policy
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China is a rising economic power, the European Union a declining one. So Britain’s future is best served by hitching its wagon to Beijing rather than to Brussels. As last week’s high-profile visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping shows, Britain can prosper as a global trading power outside the EU. Not so fast. The EU […]

Posted 28 Oct 2015 in Blog, Britain, China, Europe
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My latest column for Project Syndicate on how the eurozone and refugee crises are causing Europe to disintegrate, with the chances that Britain will vote to leave the EU rising. Tweet

Posted 19 Oct 2015 in Blog, Britain, euro, Europe, Immigration
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My piece for City AM Tweet

Posted 07 Oct 2015 in Blog, Britain, City AM, Immigration
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Posted 29 Aug 2015 in Britain, CapX, Immigration
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An excellent pamphlet by Jeremy Cliffe, The Economist’s new Bagehot columnist, explains how a number of long-term trends are likely to create a cosmopolitan liberal majority in Britain. This poses big challenges, and big opportunities, for existing political parties. I wrote a response to the pamphlet for Policy Network and argued in CapX that while Labour […]

Posted 26 Aug 2015 in Blog, Britain, Politics