Getting the facts straight on the true cost of “MaxFac”

Last month, the likeable Chief Executive of HMRC, Jon Thompson, made waves when he revealed that a future ‘Maximum Facilitation’ customs arrangement with the EU could cost up to £20 billion per year. The largest proportion of this figure (roughly £13 billion) comes from the new cost to businesses of filling out customs declarations once … Read moreGetting the facts straight on the true cost of “MaxFac”

What MPs need to know about trade policy before voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill

As Members of Parliament prepare to debate the EU Withdrawal Bill again, we thought it would be useful to revisit some of our previous work on the impact on our independent trade policy of various arrangements the UK might have with the EU. These are very relevant to the amendments which will be before the … Read moreWhat MPs need to know about trade policy before voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill

Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcements include: ‘The Catalan Crisis in Context: Revisiting Sovereignty in Europe’, UCL, 17 April 2018 ‘Human Rights Laws at a Crossroads: What Directions after Brexit?’, Leicester Law School, 25 May 2018 ~~~ The Catalan Crisis in Context: Revisiting Sovereignty in Europe When: Tuesday 17 April 2018, 11am-5pm Where: UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, Common … Read moreWeekly round-up of events

Two souls in Europe’s breast: the attractions of EFTA for the UK

Could Britain gain from joining the European Free Trade Association? Carl Baudenbacher (Monckton Chambers and former president of the EFTA court) looks at the prevailing legal systems in Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and concludes that they share aspects of legal doctrine with the UK. In 1992, Jacques Delors, then President of the EU Commission, … Read moreTwo souls in Europe’s breast: the attractions of EFTA for the UK

Why Open Europe is proposing a compromise Brexit blueprint

Yesterday BrexitCentral ran an article by Jon Moynihan which – among other things – responded to a paper, Striking a Balance, which Open Europe put out on Monday. Jon made lots of arguments in favour of free trade and deregulation, many of which have merits. But, ultimately, I think he rather missed the point of … Read moreWhy Open Europe is proposing a compromise Brexit blueprint

Why the latest ‘Doomsday Brexit’ story is nonsense

The Sunday Times last weekend splashed its front page with a story by the excellent Tim Shipman. It had all the appearances of a major scoop that proves the Remoaners’ doomsday predictions to be true – in spades. But unfortunately for the Remoaners, the story is nonsense. Here is why. This “scoop” is, in fact, … Read moreWhy the latest ‘Doomsday Brexit’ story is nonsense

Azadeh Chalabi: Added Values of National Human Rights Action Planning for the UK in the Age of Brexit

In the age of Brexit when divisions of different kinds (cultural, ethnic, religious, geographical and class, etc.) come into sharp focus, even if the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights can be maintained (with the recent House of Lords amendment to retain the Charter), significant concerns can be raised as to a potential reduction of fundamental … Read moreAzadeh Chalabi: Added Values of National Human Rights Action Planning for the UK in the Age of Brexit

>