Towards a responsible budget rather than politics without vision or ambition?

By Professor John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham The danger is that our politicians are suffering from Brexit myopia and this includes the inability to develop a longer-term vision for the UK. The only current vision revolves around an agenda set by others In a speech … Continue reading “Towards a responsible budget rather than politics without vision or ambition?”

Crashing out of the EU with a no-deal Brexit

By Professor Aditya Goenka, Chair in Economics The Department of Economics, University of Birmingham In the event of a hard Brexit, analysts expect that the pound could depreciate by a further 10 percent, adding to the inflationary pressures in the economy. Time is starting to run short for the UK government to resolve the conflicting … Continue reading “Crashing out of the EU with a no-deal Brexit”

Understanding and mitigating the risks of Brexit at a local level

By Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés, Chair, Regional Economic Development Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Politically, the referendum has been a shock to our system. However, Brexit may help us to look afresh at problems in the UK Our current research from the ESRC Brexit Priory Grant, ‘The Economic Impact of Brexit in … Continue reading “Understanding and mitigating the risks of Brexit at a local level”

A guide to the customs union: the future for the UK

By Professor John Fender, Professor of Macroeconomics Department of Economics, University of Birmingham Even if [the UK] negotiates a free trade deal with the EU, trade will not be entirely frictionless Most economists agree that international trade has significant economic benefits for the countries involved. However, such countries often impose tariffs on imports which impede trade … Continue reading “A guide to the customs union: the future for the UK”

How reliant is Britain on EU migrant workers?

By Dr Catherine Harris, City-REDI Senior Research Fellow Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham As with many other issues related to the referendum, the impact remains uncertain. Europe Day celebrates peace and unity across Europe. Brexit – the UK vote to leave the European Union (EU) – makes this the last Europe … Continue reading “How reliant is Britain on EU migrant workers?”

‘Plumber phobia’ and the Brexit services trade dilemma

By Professor John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham But, the question is ‘what role do services play in the European single market?’. Europe Day is upon us again and provides an ideal opportunity to reflect upon European integration in the face of Brexit. In 1985, the … Continue reading “‘Plumber phobia’ and the Brexit services trade dilemma”

How Consumer Behaviour Is Driving Innovation in the UK Food Sector: Five Lessons from the Food Industry

By Professor Ganna Pogrebna (Professor of Economics, University of Birmingham) Ian Noble (Senior Research, Development and Quality Director, Mondelez International) Rimi Obra-Ratwatte (Principal Scientist, Global Nutrition, Mondelez International) The year 2017 marks a new chapter in the development of the UK Industrial Strategy, which will address a number of local challenges such as Brexit and growing political … Continue reading “How Consumer Behaviour Is Driving Innovation in the UK Food Sector: Five Lessons from the Food Industry”

Strong and Stable Leadership – why city leadership becomes more important in times of national turbulence

By Rebecca Riley, Business Development Director of the City Region Economic and Development Institute (City REDI). To say we are in interesting times would be an understatement, the recent general election has plunged us further into uncertainty. Putting aside the rights and wrongs of holding the election and the unfolding political alliances it’s important to … Continue reading “Strong and Stable Leadership – why city leadership becomes more important in times of national turbulence”

How has Brexit affected exchange rates?

By John Fender, Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Birmingham. The UK has experienced a depreciation of about 13% in the value of its currency since the Brexit referendum on the 23rd June last year. The Brexit vote was undoubtedly responsible for most of the decline; if the vote had been to remain the … Continue reading “How has Brexit affected exchange rates?”