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Post-Brexit Options for the UK: Combining Legal and Economic Analysis

A Centre for Business Research and Public Policy SRI Workshop, supported by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).
When Mar 30, 2017
from 09:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Peterhouse College Theatre
Attendees To reserve a place please email Rachel Wagstaff ( asap and in any event not later than 28 March.
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The UK government faces a major challenge in formulating a clear plan for Brexit.  Its current position is that departing the EU necessarily entails leaving the European Economic Area and customs union.  The Prime Minster has said that ‘no deal’ is better than a ‘bad deal’. Thus it is possible that at the end of March 2019, the UK will fall back on WTO rules.  If the government has worked out the legal and institutional implications of this scenario, it has not shared the information with the public.  By its own admission, the government has not undertaken any economic analysis of the possible effects of Brexit, beyond the work carried out by the Treasury before the referendum of June 2016.


In these circumstances, there is an urgent need for informed public debate on the consequences of Brexit.  At the point when Article 50 is expected to be triggered at the end of March 2017, the Cambridge Public Policy Strategic Research Initiative and Centre for Business Research (CBR) will be holding a workshop to explore the legal and economic context of this momentous decision.  We will be reporting the state of the art on legal issues which include the WTO option, migration, citizen’s rights, free movement and social policy. We will also presenting the latest results from the CBR’s economic forecasting model, UKMOD, which has earned a reputation for accuracy and even-handedness in its analysis of the effects of Brexit. 


Keynote speaker


James Wolffe QC, Lord Advocate for Scotland


Legal Issues


Migration: Catherine Barnard

The WTO Option: Lorand Bartels

Social and Economic Policy: Simon Deakin

Taxation: Julian Ghosh QC

The Great Repeal Act: David Howarth

EU Citizens’ Rights: Kirsty Hughes

Free Movement: Martin Steinfeld

The UK’s ‘Exit Fee’: Michael Waibel


Economic Forecast


Economic Scenarios post-Brexit: Graham Gudgin, Ken Coutts and Neil Gibson

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