Understanding the EU’s negotiating position on trade in the Brexit negotiations

Luis González García considers the specificity of the EU trade policy to explain the perceived rigidity of the EU negotiators on Brexit. The EU applies two approaches to its trade policy through either integration (strong regulatory alignment and strong market access) or liberalisation (looser arrangements): this explains why an ad hoc model which offers full market access but does not ensure a level playing field cannot … Continue reading Understanding the EU’s negotiating position on trade in the Brexit negotiations

The Impact of Brexit on the NHS: Cure or Disease?

Brexit will have a significant impact on the NHS across multiple domains. Here, Marianthi Pappa, Researcher at the University of Aberdeen, outlines the impact of Brexit on the NHS workforce, financial resources for healthcare, public health, medicines and much more.  The National Health Service (NHS) is one of the UK’s most important institutions. Since its establishment in 1948, it provides healthcare to all citizens of … Continue reading The Impact of Brexit on the NHS: Cure or Disease?

Can the UK be an independent leading regulator in the development of new medicines and medical devices?

The Chequers summit on 6 July and the subsequent resignation of ministers illustrates how controversial it is to decide whether the UK should share a “common rule book” with the EU after Brexit, or set up its own independent regulators. In this blog, Derek Hill looks at the regulation of medicines and medical devices as examples of the thin margin of action that the UK … Continue reading Can the UK be an independent leading regulator in the development of new medicines and medical devices?

Lords Brexit defeats are forcing MPs to face crucial choices

One part of the government’s flagship Brexit legislation is now nearing its parliamentary endpoint after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill completed its report stage in the House of Lords in early May. The UK parliament’s second chamber inflicted 15 government defeats on the bill, which sets out arrangements to facilitate Brexit. It will soon return to the House of Commons for these various issues to be considered. Meg Russell examines some … Continue reading Lords Brexit defeats are forcing MPs to face crucial choices

Post-Brexit Trade Relations: No Middle Way Between Free Trade Agreement and Internal Market

Piet Eeckhout and Clément Leroy examine various models for the UK-EU trade relationship after Brexit, and argue that a so-called bespoke agreement beyond existing frameworks is not available. This blog draws on Piet Eeckhout’s report Future trade relations between the EU and the UK: options after Brexit, which he is presenting to the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee on Thursday 17 May (watch here).  The future trade relationship between the … Continue reading Post-Brexit Trade Relations: No Middle Way Between Free Trade Agreement and Internal Market