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UK After Brexit

Thursday 9th March 2017 10am-5.45pm

NIESR, 2 Dean Trench Street, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE

To Register: Places are limited, therefore to ensure attendance please RSVP as soon as possible to Luca Pieri (email: or telephone: 020 7654 1931)

This conference is designed to coincide with the UK triggering Article 50 and starting its process to withdraw from the EU. Our aim is 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 will close with a panel session on how economists can most effectively communicate with the public over this period.

We hope this will be informative for civil servants and policy makers, other members of the academic community and the public.

Organized by: Angus Armstrong, NIESR and Sascha O. Becker, Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE)


9.30-10.00am Registration and Coffee

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

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

10.05 Trade: Dr Thomas Sampson, LSE and Centre for Economic Performance

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

10.35 Investment: Prof Nigel Driffield, Warwick Business School

11.15 Session 2: “Likely priorities in the UK’s negotiations”

Chair: TBC

11.20 European perspective: Prof Gabriel Felbermayr, IFO and University of Munich, Germany

11.35 US perspective: Allie Renison, Institute of Directors

11.50 UK perspective: Dr Jim Rollo, Trade Policy Observatory, Sussex University

12.30 Lunch

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

Chair: 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 Coffee Break

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

Chair: Rebecca Riley, NIESR 

15.05 Govt. official - TBC

15.20 Prof Nick Crafts, Warwick University and CAGE

15.35 Devolved regions: Prof David Bell, Stirling University

16.15 Tea break

16.30 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 Sunday Telegraph

Victoria Waldersee, Co-Director & Editor,

17.45 Close