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Commentary

Listen to Victoria Hewson on the Telegraph's weekly podcast discuss the UK's trade future outside the EU

Friday, 10 November 2017

500 days before Brexit, Victoria Hewson joined Christopher Hope on his Brexit Podcast for The Telegraph to discuss the UK's future following an exit from the European Union. The UK must adopt the right approach now if it is to remain an attractive trading partner after Brexit.

Listen here.


Publications

The Brexit Inflection Point: The Pathway to Prosperity

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Ahead of the proposed start of trade talks with the EU in December, the UK must adopt the right approach now if it is to remain an attractive trading partner after Brexit.

This new report by our Special Trade Commission, The Brexit Inflection Point: The Pathway to Prosperity, argues that the window of opportunity is closing for Britain to adopt the independent trade policy it needs to remain competitive in March 2019 and beyond.

It describes what is at stake: how the UK and the world will benefit from trade liberalisation, but conversely how failure to secure the right terms in the interim will leave the UK without the leverage needed to secure the right trade deals, placing it in a permanent rule-taking position, only halfway out of the EU.

Read the paper here.


Commentary

Victoria Hewson writes in the Daily Telegraph that it's time to dispel Irish border Brexit myths

Monday, 11 September 2017

Victoria, Senior Counsel to our Special Trade Commission, discusses the realities about the future of the Irish border. This follows on from our new paper which sets out the steps to minimise potential disruptions at the Irish border, so that we can ensure a future for the UK and the Republic of Ireland that is open and inclusive, that creates growth and jobs, and encourages innovation and enterprise.

Read the full article here


Publications

Mutual Interest: How the UK and EU can resolve the Irish border issue after Brexit

Monday, 11 September 2017

Legatum Institute's Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies and chair of our Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham along with authors Austen Morgan, Victoria Hewson and Alice Brooks, set out the steps to minimise potential disruptions at the Irish border, so that we can ensure a future for the UK and the Republic of Ireland that is open and inclusive, that creates growth and jobs, and encourages innovation and enterprise.

Read the paper here


Commentary

On BBC Radio4 Shanker Singham supports a creative and flexible approach in order to get the best withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK

Friday, 1 September 2017

Shanker Singham tells BBC Radio4 that a clear and timely withdrawal agreement benefits both the UK and the EU in terms of agreeing a financial settlement and a future trade relationship. 

Listen to the BBC Radio4 interview here


Commentary

Shanker Singham tells BBC Radio4 that Crawford Falconer is the best man to negotiate our trade deals

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Crawford Falconer, a trade negotiator from New Zealand and former Commissioner with our Special Trade Commission, has been appointed by the Government as chief trade negotiator for the many trade deals that need to be made once Britain has left the EU.

This is a massive undertaking and BBC Radio4 sought the views of friends, family and colleagues to shed light on Crawford's career and see if he's up to the task ahead.

Shanker Singham, Chairman of our Special Trade Commission, is confident Crawford has what it takes. He said in the interview:

"There's more than just knowledge and experience in having done negotiations. There are of course lots of people who have done that. It's also the character that you bring to this. You're going to have to have someone who is optimistic, who is vision oriented and who can see the big picture...You need somebody there who's got their eye firmly on the prize of success. One of the things about Crawford is he does have that."

Listen to the BBC Radio4 interview here


Commentary

In the Daily Telegraph Shanker Singham sets out the steps to ensure prosperity comes through free trade

Friday, 18 August 2017

Free trade and competitive markets have been the biggest force for poverty reduction since the Second World War. The UK must ensure that as it leaves the EU and re-engages with the world, it does so in such a way that allows free trade to benefit the British people, as well as peoples from other parts of the globe.

The Government’s recently released customs paper seeks to ensure that free trade works for the British people by recommending an approach to customs arrangements between the UK and EU, while also allowing us to deepen our trade relationships with the rest of the world.

At the Legatum Institute, we made a series of recommendations in our earlier paper, "Brexit and the Supply Chain". While there has been much focus on arrangements immediately after we exit the EU, the most important thing right now is that we stop negotiating with ourselves and engage with our European partners on the ultimate free-trade agreement with the EU.

 
Read the full article here


Commentary

In a BBC interview Victoria Hewson says technology will help provide border solutions with Ireland

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The BBC sought the views of our Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson on the use of technology to monitor the border. 

Victoria reiterated that Government doesn't want physical borders so the technology used would need to be away from the border solutions. Solutions include filing customs declarations electronically, this system is currently used outside the customs union. 

Listen to the interview here


Commentary

Shanker Singham discusses how to reinvigorate the World Trade Organization with experts from around the world

Friday, 11 August 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of our Special Trade Commission, joined the UK's Permanent Representative Julian Braithwaite and trade representatives from numerous countries to examine whether the stimulus provided by Brexit could provide fresh impetus for the WTO services agenda. Those attending suggested that they expected the UK to play a future leadership role within the WTO as the world's fifth largest economy. Yet they argued that Britain's role as the world's second biggest exporter of services also offered an opportunity to revive the WTO services agenda, which is widely considered to have made minimal progress over the past two decades.

 


Commentary

Shanker Singham writes in City A.M. that it's crucial the UK has a clear trade policy on day one of Brexit

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Responding to the increased confusion about what Brexit will look like for the UK, Shanker explains in City A.M. that without a clear plan with instills confidence the rest of the world will move on without us. 

He says that both the UK and EU must promptly declare their intentions to agree a trade agreement. Shanker goes on to say that if we are to make the most of the trade opportunities before us we must make effective plans now that can be implemented as soon as Brexit happens. 

"The UK must be able to provide the clarity of being out of the Customs Union and EEA on day one of Brexit, with a regulatory base-line that will result from the porting over of most EU law through the Great Repeal Bill. That way, other countries know exactly what they are dealing with, and can conclude deals as soon as they are ready."

Read the full article here


Commentary

Listen to Victoria Hewson debate the prospects of a UK/US trade deal following Brexit on the Telegraph's weekly podcast

Friday, 14 July 2017

On The Telegraph's Chopper's Brexit Podcast, Victoria Hewson joined Labour MP Stephen Kinnock and Conservative MP Sir Bill Cash to debate the prospects of a new UK/US trade deal. Victoria discusses the merits for such a deal and why it's imperative to secure this before Brexit in 2019.

Listen here

 


Commentary

Special Trade Commissioner says Brexit can foster a more open and faster growing economy

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Alan Oxley, an Australian diplomat and member of our Special Trade Commission writes about the importance of seizing the opportunities presented by Brexit. 

Read the full article here.


Commentary

Matthew Elliott sets out why we must restate the case for free trade

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

In an interview with Atlas Network, Matthew says, "I think we need to start making the case again for free trade." He went on to highlight the importance in getting a free trade agreement between the UK and EU.

Read the full article here


Commentary

In ConservativeHome Shanker Singham sets out the reasons why we must leave the European Economic Area and Customs Union

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Some of the benefits of leaving the EEA and Customs Union and entering a new trade deal include:

  • Improving the UK's domestic economic environment
  • Making trade deals with countries bilaterally
  • Improving the global rules by taking a more active role in the WTO and other global bodies

Shanker wrote that, "other countries are looking at the UK as being a potential partner whose attraction is not only its size, but also the fact that we would be more open than the EU with respect to out regulatory structure and domestic environment.  If we are merely identical to the EU but smaller, we will not be a particularly attractive partner."

He concluded by saying, "policymakers should not be surprised, if they choose to remain in the Customs Union, EEA or EEA agreement for any length of time, that our trading partners will choose other players to dance with."

Read the full article here.


Commentary

Shanker Singham tells Voice of America that the G-20 summit can help clarify the global trade agenda

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Ahead of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Voice of America interviewed our Director of Economic Policy, Shanker Singham, to find out his views on the future of global trade.

Read the full interview here.


Publications

Developing a True Transatlantic Partnership—a High Standard Trade Agreement to Propel the Global Economy

Monday, 19 June 2017

Our latest Special Trade Commission Paper sets out how the UK should negotiate a strong and effective Free Trade Agreement with the US.

Read the full report here.


Commentary

Government appoints Legatum’s Special Trade Commissioner, Crawford Falconer, as chief trade negotiator for post-Brexit deals.

Monday, 19 June 2017

We are very proud that our Commissioner, Crawford Falconer has been appointed as the UK’s first Chief Trade Negotiations Advisor, and Second Permanent Secretary in the Department of International Trade (DIT). 

 

 


Commentary

In an interview with the Daily Express, Shanker Singham said the UK will be expected to become a trade leader

Thursday, 8 June 2017

In an interview with the Daily Express our Shanker Singham, our Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies. Shanker said that the World Trade Organization (WTO) will expect the UK to become trade leaders once leaving the European Union. 

 Read the full article here


Commentary

Victoria Hewson discussed the future of free trade as part of a panel at the International Financial Services Forum

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Victoria Hewson was part of a panel which discussed how firms should navigate their way through the unprecedented change that has resulted from the triggering of Article 50.

Watch the discussion here

 


Commentary

Victoria Hewson writes for Compliance and Risk Magazine about the future of financial services in the UK post-Brexit

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Paul Edmondson, Partner, and Victoria Hewson, Counsel to the Legatum Institute
and Senior Associate, at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP summarise the issues concerning regulation of the financial services market post-Brexit.

Read the full article here.

 


Commentary

Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott recently visited America where he made the case for a strong US-UK trade deal

Monday, 22 May 2017

During a recent trip to the United States, our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott visited seven states making the case for the US-UK trade deal through a series of speeches, debates and interviews.


Commentary

Shanker Singham and Victoria Hewson write for CapX on the EU-Singapore case which gives the EU wide negotiating latitude

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Court of Justice of the EU has found that the EU’s competence in trade negotiations is more extensive than even the Advocate-General opined last year. In CapX, Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Special Trade Commission and Victoria Hewson, Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission write that this should make it easier for the EU to do deals with other countries including the UK.   

Read the full article here

 


Commentary

Shanker Singham was interviewed by talkRADIO about the European Commission's style of negotiating

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Following reports that Jean-Claude Juncker had leaked details of a recent meeting with Prime Minister, Theresa May, Shanker Singham, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, spoke with talkRADIO about the damage this will do to Juncker and the European Commission.

Listen to the interview here.


Commentary

The Sunday Times interviewed Shanker Singham on trade negotiations

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, was interviewed for The Sunday Times on the process for negotiating trade deals as the UK exits the European Union. 

Read the interview here

Read our latest paper, A Blueprint for Trade Policy, here.


Commentary

Former Trade Minister says UK has the chance to be a global trade leader

Friday, 28 April 2017

The Legatum Institute is committed to playing a positive role in mapping out Britain's post-Brexit future which is why we partnered with Prosperity UK to deliver our inaugural conference. With leading policy makers, politicians, academics and business people from across the globe, the conference was successful in generating ideas and creating a positive vision for the UK to flourish after leaving the European Union. 

Sir Lockwood Smith, a former New Zealand Trade Minister and former High Commissioner to the UK, offered valuable insights from his time negotiating trade deals. In an excerpt from his speech to the conference he shares his optimism for UK's trade prospects.

 


Publications

A Blueprint for UK Trade Policy

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

In this paper Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, sets out a blueprint for pursuing trade policy after Brexit.


Commentary

Shanker Singham delivers a keynote address to the Heritage Foundation on the trade opportunities between the UK and the USA following Brexit

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham delivered a keynote address to the Heritage Foundation in which he discussed the opportunities post Brexit for the UK to forge new trade relationships with nations around the world, including, the United States.

Watch the speech here.


Commentary

Brexit could lead UK to avoid TTIP snags in trade negotiations with U.S.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham spoke with Inside U.S. Trade's World Online, a leading platform for trade news and development. Shanker said he expects the UK to break away from the EU on issues such as financial services regulatory cooperation, standards setting, and agricultural non-tariff barriers -- all significant points of contention between the EU and U.S. during the now-stalled TTIP talks. Such moves could pave the way for easier negotiations between the U.S. and UK, he believes.

Read the full article here


Commentary

Antigua Observer: British economist says go to London now

Thursday, 13 April 2017

In the Antigua Observer, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham dismissed the many gloomy post-Brexit outlooks for trade between the UK and the Caribbean, instead urging Antigua & Barbuda to engage London immediately on new trade arrangements. Those arrangements will benefit from a number of key UK policy changes resulting from its already determined 2019 exit from the European Union.

Read the full article here


Commentary

Facing the challenges of Brexit

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Senior Fellow, Matthew Elliott was a keynote speaker at a business conference in Berlin on ‘Facing the challenges of Brexit’. The conference was organised by INREV, the pan-European association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles. Matthew spoke alongside Karel Lannoo, CEO of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).


Commentary

Shanker Singham comments on this week's triggering of Article 50.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singhamwrites that it is crucial we make the most of the trade opportunities before us now that Article 50 has been triggered. This will ensure Britain flourishes and propers post-Brexit. 


Commentary

Shanker Singham was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 live on the triggering of Article 50.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham talks about the opportunities for the UK to develop strong trade deals post-Brexit.

Listen to the interview here.


Commentary

Both sides want a Brexit trade deal - here's where to start: Shanker Singham writes for CapX

Monday, 27 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singhamsays for the UK, the ultimate goal is not a deal with the EU, important though that is. It is a comprehensive and independent trade policy. That policy should be built on four fundamental pillars: what we can do unilaterally, bilaterally, plurilaterally and multilaterally.

Read the full article here


Commentary

Shanker Singham writes in City A.M. that a deal or no deal Brexit rhetoric is "not helpful"

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, writes for City A.M.that debate should be focused on what measures May can secure for transition.

Read the article in City A.M. here.

Commentary

Shanker Singham writes for the Daily Telegraph about the importance of continuing to push towards global free trade.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham says it is crucial that we push towards a goal of free trade, free markets and genuine competition within borders. If we are able to reduce the anti-competitive distortions which thwart competition, we will be able to ensure that wealth is created and the global economy grows.

Read the full article here


Commentary

Shanker Singham was interviewed for BBC Radio 4's Today Programme on the prospects for the U.K. following Brexit.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

At Westminster, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham talks about the great opportunities for the U.K. in developing strong trade deals post-Brexit.

Listen to the interview here.


Commentary

Shanker Singham features in a City A.M. editorial saying Brexit is an opportunity to put Britain at the heart of a global trade revolution.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, is featured in a City A.M. editorial discussing the trade opportunities for the UK following Brexit. 

Read the article in City A.M. here.

Events

The Outlook for UK Trade: Dealing with Barriers to UK Exporters with Greg Hands

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Legatum Institute's Business Forum hosted a conversation with Greg Hands, Minister of State in the Department for International Trade. The conversation included discussion of free trade deals, the challenges and big opportunities for trade in a post Brexit world, and what British business can do to export more.


Commentary

Shanker Singham delivers speech to Commonwealth Trade Ministers.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham recently delivered a speech to the Commonwealth Trade Ministers' meeting in London looking at ways to re-energise Commonwealth trade policy.


Commentary

Shanker Singham writes for the Daily Telegraph that openness will be the key in winning the best WTO deal.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Director of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham looks at how the U.K. can get the best WTO deal following Brexit, emphasising the importance of our domestic situation and the need for openness.


Commentary

Shanker Singham spoke at the recent Conservative Progress conference about opportunities presented by Brexit.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham spoke at the 2017 Conservative Progress conference talks about the potential for post-Brexit U.K. trade and why the future might be brighter than some people believe. 

 


Press Release

Legatum Institute responds to George Osborne’s BCC speech

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

LONDON— Chair of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham, responds to former Chancellor George Osborne’s remarks at the British Chambers of Commerce conference today - 28th February.

Publications

Brexit: World Trade Organization Process and Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Legatum Institute's Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies and chair of our Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham writes about best practice for the U.K. to negotiate Free Trade Agreements following Brexit in this short paper, Brexit: World Trade Organization Process and Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements

Commentary

Shanker Singham & Victoria Hewson in The Daily Telegraph: Britain and the EU can have a great free trade future

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Our Chairman of The Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham and Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson write for The Daily Telegraph about the positive free trade opportunities between Britain and the EU.

Publications

Special Trade Commission: Brexit, Movement of Goods and the Supply Chain

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Legatum Institute Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies, Shanker Singham and Senior Counsel for the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson author a new Legatum Institute paper that looks at the trade opportunities for the U.K. resulting from Brexit.


Events

Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission Conference in London

Monday, 6 February 2017

The Legatum Institute is delighted to host the inaugural conference of its Special Trade Commission (STC), from Monday 6 February – Wednesday 8 February, in London.


Commentary

Shanker Singham talks to BBC Radio 4 Today Programme about US and UK Trade

Friday, 27 January 2017

Our Chairman of The Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham spoke to Rob Young @robyougnuk about the potential for a UK and US Trade deal as the Prime Minister and President meet at the White House. 

Commentary

Shanker Singham: Reaction to the Prime Ministers Speech on the UK Government's strategy for Brexit Negotiations

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Our Director of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commsission Shanker Singham was praised by Michael Gove (listen) for his expertise in the field of trade negotiation. Here is what he made of the Prime Ministers speech on the UK Government's plans for the negotiations to exit the EU once Article 50 is triggered.

Commentary

Shanker Singham: speaking on what the UK Government needs to do to get the best Brexit deal

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

On BBC's Newsnight, and Today Programme Our Director of the Legatum Institute Special trade Commsission Shanker Singham was praised by Michael Gove (listen) Contributed to a report on the chances of US/UK trade deal being done, in Donald Trump's words "quickly and properly" (watch at 25:52) and laid out how the Prime Minister should tackle the Brexit negotiations and Free Trade deals with other countries (listen

Events

Brexit: A Pathway Forward

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

(from left to right) Shanker Singham, Director of the Economics of Prosperity Programme, David Davis, State Secretary for Exiting the EU, Tim Hames (Director General of the BVCA) and Philippa Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute.

As part of the Legatum Institute's Business Forum, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, expanded on the strategy for Brexit negotiations, the most important and sensitive task for the UK Government in the coming months. 

He confirmed the Government's intention to trigger Article 50 at the end of March 2017, begining the two year period of negotiation with the EU and that their intention was to “minimise the costs and maximise the benefits” of whatever the relationship would be in the future.

We were extremely grateful for the support of the BVCA for this event 


Commentary

Shanker Singham: Why we must leave the Customs Union

Saturday, 7 January 2017

In an article for Brexit Central the Legatum Institute's Shanker Singham explains why leaving the Customs Union is the only sensible way to restore the ability of the UK to set its own trade policy.

News

Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (STC) was created in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union. At this critical historical juncture, the STC aims to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations which the UK will need to undertake now. It seeks to re-focus the public discussion on Brexit to a positive conversation on opportunities, rather than challenges, while presenting empirical evidence of the dangers of not following an expansive trade negotiating path.

Commentary

Shanker Singham: Brexit Can Enrich Not Just Britain, But The World

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

In an article for Capx, the Legatum Institute's Shanker Singham explains how Brexit could be an opportunity to build a new free trade prosperity zone with like-minded countries.

Events

Post-Brexit Briefing: The Future of Agricultural and Fisheries Policy

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The next post-Brexit briefing of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission discussed the future of Britain’s agriculture and fisheries industries post CAP and CFP.

Events

New American Leadership, Brexit and What’s Next

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Legatum Institute, in partnership with the Manhattan Institute, hosted a one-day conference on some of the most important issues facing the next American Administration, and the related implications on the 'Special Relationship' with post-Brexit Britain.

Commentary

Shanker Singham: Just as MPs Can’t Negotiate Britain’s Brexit, So They Can’t Negotiate its Future Trade Deals

Sunday, 13 November 2016

In an article for ConservativeHome, Shanker Singham, Chair of the Special Trade Commission, says we need fast-track deals—which Parliament should endorse or reject—but can’t write.

Commentary

Shanker Singham: UK Must Weigh Up Cost of EEA Membership

Thursday, 10 November 2016

In an article for Reaction, Shanker Singham (Chair of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission), urges the UK to establish its own EU trade agreement.

Publications

Special Trade Commission: Cost of EEA Membership for UK Briefing

Monday, 7 November 2016

While there has been much speculation as to the cost of the UK leaving the Customs Union and European Single Market, little thought has been put into the cost associated with remaining in the Customs Union or Single Market in lost opportunities to sign trade deals with other countries. This paper looks at the opportunity costs, and what could be achieved if the UK were able to sign a deal for a Prosperity Zone including like-minded countries, coalesced around the fundamental ideas of open trade, competition on the merits and property rights protection.

Publications

Special Trade Commission: Financial Services Briefing

Monday, 31 October 2016

One of the major issues in the forthcoming process of the UK leaving the EU is the area of the negotiations that relate to financial services. This policy paper, produced by the Legatum Institute's 'Special Trade Commission', makes essential recommendations for how to negotiate deals that will enable a thriving and prosperous sector, post-Brexit.

Our most recent paper on this topic is “A New UK/EU relationship in financial services – A bilateral regulatory partnership”.


Events

Rewriting the Silk Road: One Belt, One Road and China’s Trading Past

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series hosted a half-day seminar focused on China’s trading past and President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, throwing myth-shedding light on modernity and vice versa.

Commentary

Nick Clegg Attacked for Claiming Brexit Will Cause Food Prices to Rise

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Nick Clegg faced a furious backlash yesterday evening as he was rounded on for claiming food prices would jump after the UK leaves the EU, writes Jake Cordell with Shanker Singham contributing. (City AM)

Commentary

Brexit Britain Can Be a Catalyst for Global Free Trade

Monday, 10 October 2016

We need a new strategy that develops competition and free trade for Britain and the world says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Reaction)

Events

Post-Brexit Briefing: Frozen Capital—A Case Study of Iceland

Thursday, 6 October 2016

The most recent briefing of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission (STC) discussed the specific case of the capital controls regime in Iceland and its current period of amendment, which represents a key distortion in EFTA markets’ financial services regulation.

Events

Trade Negotiations: An Opportunity After Brexit—How to Get it Right—2016 Conservative Party Conference

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Brexit: Get it right and Britain can help create a new golden age of free trade and prosperity; get in wrong and protectionism, populism and impoverishment will follow. This panel at the 2016 Conservative Party Conference explored these issues and explained how an ambitious and radical trade agenda could deliver on the promise of a revitalised nation.

Publications

Trade Tools for the 21st Century

Friday, 30 September 2016

Shanker Singham and Molly Kiniry are the authors of a new Legatum Institute study that outlines the difficulties that are faced by modern trade agreements, which include powerful political forces opposing globalisation and the rising tide of protectionism, populism, and nationalism.

Events

Global Trade Policy and Threats to the Global Economy

Thursday, 29 September 2016

The Legatum Institute's Economics of Prosperity programme was pleased to host a lunch discussion with Jeff Schott, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Commentary

Fox Declares Trade Ministry ‘Open For Business’

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Britain’s settlement with the EU will depend in part on how well it appears to have proceeded with the non-EU trade talks, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Financial Times)

Commentary

Brexit is About to Open Up a World of Opportunity

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Released from the strictures of the European Union, Britain can once more take its place at the centre of a network of trading relationships and agreements, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (The Times)

Events

Post-Brexit Briefing: Financial Services

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The latest post-Brexit briefing of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission (STC) focused on how the UK’s vibrant financial services sector can be best served in the Brexit negotiations with Europe. The conversation was led by Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe and Treasury Select Committee member.

Our most recent paper on this topic is “A New UK/EU relationship in financial services – A bilateral regulatory partnership”.


Commentary

A Good UK-EU Trade Deal is Good for the World

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

If handled well and with care Brexit offers future trade partners many potential advantages says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Reaction)

Commentary

New Trade War Threatens Global Order as TTIP Talks Stall

Saturday, 3 September 2016

The failing support and popularity for TTIP has much to do with a lack of governmental PR and information but Britain can still prosper post-Brexit. Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission is quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

Publications

Introduction to Anti-Competitive Market Distortions and the Distortions Index

Thursday, 1 September 2016

In early 2017, the Legatum Institute's 'Economics of Prosperity programme will publish an index on Anti-Competitive Market Distortions. The report will quantify market distortions on a global scale across the areas of property rights, international competition, and domestic competition. This paper offers an introduction to the objectives and methodology behind the Index.

Commentary

Britain Can Get a Much Better US Trade Deal Than the EU's Failing TTIP

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

While TTIP stumbles on towards an unknown destination, post-Brexit Britain has a chance to forge a better trade deal with the US writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. (City A.M.)

Commentary

Brexit Britain Has a Historic Opportunity To Reshape Global Trade

Monday, 22 August 2016

Brexit represents a historic opportunity for Britain to reclaim its leadership role in promoting open trade, competition and the protection of property rights says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. (Reaction)

Commentary

The Common Agricultural Policy is Iniquitous and Inefficient. Now, With Brexit, We Can Be Fairer and More Productive

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Brexit provides Britain with a wonderful opportunity to re-design one of the most ill-thought through policies of modern times argues Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Daily Telegraph)

Commentary

Special Trade Commission Warns UK to Treat China With "Kid Gloves", and Focus on Secure Deals with Countries with "Similar Values"

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Legatum Institute's recently-launched Special Trade Commission is calling on the UK to focus on negotiations with culturally similar nations (City A.M.)

Commentary

Brexit Doomsday? Britain's Many Surprises

Friday, 12 August 2016

Quoted in an article for Voice of AmericaShanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute discusses the issues surrounding Brexit and the opportunities to build a vibrant trade network.

Commentary

How Britain Can Boldly Seize the New Opportunities Created by Brexit in Trade and Beyond

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute, outlines his proposal for how Britain can seize—and thrive from—the opportunities presented by Brexit (City A.M.)

Events

Launch of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Legatum Institute has launched a new Special Trade Commission (STC), created in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union. The STC aims to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations which the UK will need to undertake at this critical historical juncture.

Commentary

Unshackled from the EU, Britain Must Choose Its Trade Partners Wisely

Monday, 18 July 2016

Following the UK’s choice to leave the European Union, the government must not rush into trade deals with other countries and complacently believe they all require a uniform approach to trade negotiation, writes Shanker Singham, Legatum Institute’s Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies (CapX)

Commentary

Dear Chancellor, Provide Stability but Let's Keep Our Options Open

Friday, 15 July 2016

In an article for CAPX, Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute discusses the issues surrounding the chancellors pledge to match EU funding for former programs. (CAPX)

Commentary

The UK Needs a Special Trade Representative

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Following Brexit, the UK must appoint a special trade representative to ensure it gets the best possible deal for Britain, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (Reaction)

Events

21st Century Capitalism: The Tools to Deal with Trade Policy

Thursday, 30 June 2016

The Legatum Institute's Economics of Prosperity programme was pleased to host a breakfast discussion with Razeen Sally, one of the world’s leading trade experts.

Publications

Trading Up: New Ideas for UK Exports

Friday, 17 June 2016

Emily Redding is the author of a new paper that raises some of the major issues faced by UK exporters, and offers policy recommendations for how these issues can be addressed in order to improve the UK’s export market and overall productivity.

Press Release

UK Risks Missing £1Trillion Exports Target, Warns Think Tank

Thursday, 16 June 2016

LONDON—The UK risks missing its target of increasing exports to £1trillion by 2020 unless it abandons its misplaced focus on boosting the number of SMEs who export their goods and services and instead concentrates on helping existing exporters build permanent footholds in new markets.

Commentary

Britain’s Trade Future in Question if Brexit Happens?

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Obama has warned that Britain will lose its preferred position at the TTIP negotiating table if it leaves the EU. But that's not how trade deals are done, argues Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (Voice of America)

Commentary

Why Free Trade Works

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

A world of open trade, where competition on the merits is the economy’s organising principle, is a world that delivers growth, hope and opportunity in a sustainable, fair and more equitable manner, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX).

Events

Britain's Future in the World: A Time of Choosing

Thursday, 5 May 2016

As the EU referendum approaches, the Legatum Institute hosted a debate on Britain’s role in the world with Steve Baker (MP for Wycombe), Gideon Rachman (Financial Times) and Anne Applebaum (Legatum Institute).

Commentary

Great Britain’s Role in the World

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The dawning realisation that Britain has never, and will never commit to political union, means that regardless of what happens in the Brexit referendum, Britain is on a path to an alternative 'landing zone', writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Events

Cottonopolis: Manchester, the Growth and Growing Pains of a Modern City

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

In the third History of Capitalism lecture for 2016, Victoria Bateman, Fellow in Economics at Cambridge University's Gonville and Caius College, charted the rise of Manchester, discussing the growing pains involved in its rapid growth into a truly international city.

Commentary

The Dutch Just Showed the World How Russia Influences Western Europe Elections

Friday, 8 April 2016

The Dutch vote against a European trade deal with Ukraine shows the power of small groups of angry people, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post).

Commentary

Leaving the EU Will Weaken Britain and Its Place in Europe

Friday, 8 April 2016

With Western values facing unprecedented challenges, undermining Europe is a risk too far, argues Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum (Evening Standard)

Commentary

Saving Britain’s Steel Industry: From Redcar to Port Talbot

Friday, 1 April 2016

The British government must act now to ensure its trading partners deliver not only open trade, but equally importantly competitive markets inside the border, undistorted by anti-competitive practices and policies, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Commentary

Trump/Sanders Policies Could Cost Six Million American Jobs

Friday, 11 March 2016

The protectionist policies put forward by US Republican candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, will be the biggest job-killer we have seen since the Great Depression, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Events

Lubeck and the Hanseatic League: The Birthplace of the Common Market

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

In the first lecture of the 2016 History of Capitalism series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University and Legatum Fellow, told the story of the Hanseatic League and the city of Lubeck that lay at its heart.

Commentary

New Zealand Can Negotiate Vast Trade Deals Like TPP. Why Can't Britain?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The European Union is a disaster area for free trade agreements - and one whose share of global GDP is actually shrinking, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)