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UK After Brexit

Event date
Thursday, 9 March, 2017
Event time
09:30 to 17:30
Event place
Event Type
In-person event
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Organized by:

Angus Armstrong, NIESR and Senior Fellow UK in a Changing Europe

Sascha O. Becker, Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE)

This conference was designed to coincide with the UK triggering Article 50 and starting its process to withdraw from the EU. Our aim was to look in greater detail and some of the critical issues that will follow. These include what UK Free Trade Agreements might contain and what will be the negotiating priorities, the economic consequences of no longer being within the legal boundary of the European Court of Justice and what the industrial policy should look like. We closed with a panel session on how economists can most effectively communicate with the public over this period.

Please find the slides for individual presentations (when applicable) by clicking on the author's name. 




9.30-9.50am Registration and Coffee


9.50 Welcome: Angus Armstrong and Sascha Becker


10.00 Session 1: “What are UK Free Trade Agreements likely to contain?”

Chair:   Prof Sascha O. Becker, Warwick University and CAGE

10.05 Dr Thomas Sampson, LSE and Centre for Economic Performance

10.20 Prof Jonathan Portes, King’s College London & Senior Fellow UK in a Changing Europe

10.35 Prof Nigel Driffield, Warwick Business School 


11.15 Session 2: “What are the priorities in the UK’s trade negotiations?”

Chair:   Samuel Lowe, Friends of the Earth 

11.20 Prof Gabriel Felbermayr, University of Munich and IFO, Germany

11.35 Allie Renison, Institute of Directors

11.50 Professor Jim Rollo, Sussex University and Trade Policy Observatory


12.30 Lunch


13.30 Session 3: “What are the implications of withdrawing from the ECJ?”

Chair:  Prof Markus Wagner, Warwick University

13.35  Prof Catherine Barnard, Trinity College, Cambridge & Senior Fellow UK in a Changing Europe

13.50  Dr Holger Hestermeyer, King's College London

14.05  Prof Takis Tridimas, King’s College London


14.45 Session 4: “Why do we need an ‘industrial strategy’ and what should it look like?

Chair: Rebecca Riley, NIESR and ESCoE

14.50 Prof Richard Jones, Sheffield University and SPERI

15.05 Prof Nick Crafts, Warwick University and CAGE

15.20 Prof David Bell, Stirling University and ESRC Fellow at Centre on Constitutional Change


16.00 Tea break


16.15 Session 5:  “How can economists be more effective in informing the public?

Chair:  Dr Angus Armstrong, NIESR & Senior Fellow UK in a Changing Europe

Frances Coppola, Coppola Comment

Prof Tony Yates, Birmingham University

Liam Halligan, The Telegraph

Joe Richards, Co-Director & Campaigns Manager, ecnmy.org


17.30 Close




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9 March 2017
09:30 - 17:30


2 Dean Trench StreetSmith Square
London, SW1P 3HE United Kingdom


In-person event