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”