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Should Britain Leave the EU?

An Economic Analysis of a Troubled Relationship, Second Edition Patrick Minford, Professor of Economics, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK with Sakshi Gupta, Economist, CRISIL, India, Vo Phuong Mai Le, Lecturer, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK, Vidya Mahambare, Associate Professor of Economics, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India, Yongdeng Xu, Researcher, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK
This second edition brings up to date a thorough review of all economic aspects of the UK's relationship with the EU, which also puts it in the political context of the upcoming referendum. It notes the intention of the EU to move to 'ever closer union' and the nature of the regulatory and general economic philosophy of the dominant countries of the EU whose writ is enforced by qualified majority voting. The book highlights the UK dilemma that, while extending free markets to its local region is attractive, this philosophy and intended union are substantially at odds with the UK's traditions of free markets and freedom under the common law.

BOOK LAUNCH: http://www.iea.org.uk/events/launch-new-edition-of-should-britain-leave-the-eu
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Publication Date: 2015
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Placed in the context of the upcoming referendum, this second edition brings up to date a thorough review of all economic aspects of the UK's membership of the EU. It notes the intention of the EU to move to 'ever closer union' and the nature of the regulatory and general economic philosophy of its dominant members, whose position is enforced by qualified majority voting. The book highlights the UK’s dilemma that, while extending free markets to its local region is attractive, this European philosophy and closer union are substantially at odds with the UK's traditions of free markets and freedom under the common law.

This comprehensive examination of the economic costs and benefits of membership uses state-of-the-art modeling methods and includes estimates of its net costs as a percentage of GDP. The book explains how the decision to leave would follow from a judgement on the political economy of the EU as compared with that of the UK. It details the misconceptions involved in much of the debate about trade with the EU, and argues that the key issue is not access to markets but rather the prices at which trade takes place. Covered in careful detail is the economics of the UK’s trade with the EU in the key sectors of agriculture, manufacturing, and services.

BOOK LAUNCH: http://www.iea.org.uk/events/launch-new-edition-of-should-britain-leave-the-eu
‘The policy framework advocated by Minford et al. . . . is grounded in economic theory and an incisive empirical analysis of the costs of UK’s membership of the EU. Their thesis that the EU is a political union practising economic protectionism in the guise of gradualism towards free trade makes sense. . . . Minford and his associates’ analysis suggests that the EU’s policy framework of free trade for members but restrictions on trade of non-members with the EU countries is a second best policy adopted to promote political rather than economic objectives.’
– V.N. Balasubramanyam, Lancaster University, UK

‘The EU got the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2012, but such an award is not forthcoming for economics. In fact, the EU faces a stern public discontent throughout Europe. For years EU leaders have been unable to agree on almost anything. The eurozone’s toxic monetary embrace is a colossal failure that has provoked misery in most of the participating countries and, worst of all, suffocated the hopes of prosperity for many years to come. The EU is no longer a venture that inspires people to run on barricades to defend it. Should Britain be a part of the crumbling EU project? This book provides a timely and documented answer. It is highly recommended reading.’
– Miroslav N. Jovanovi?, University of Geneva, Switzerland

‘Much too much of the debate about the UK’s relationship with the European Union relies upon general declarations unsupported by facts and assertions and claims not substantiated by evidence. This is why we need so badly the careful quantitative analysis provided by Patrick Minford and his colleagues. The UK electorate will have a momentous decision to take when the EU referendum takes place. History and emotions will be important, but getting the facts straight is even more vital.’
– John Mills, Founder and Chairman of JML and Co-Chairman of Business for Britain

'Patrick Minford and his team have performed a hugely valuable service by quantifying the costs of Britain’s EU membership. In particular, they show that Britain pays too much for too high a proportion of its imports. The EU’s protectionism in its trade with the rest of the world costs Britain a significant slice of its national output. Their demonstration of this vital point is thought-provoking and sophisticated, and greatly strengthens the case for the UK to leave the EU'
– Tim Congdon, CBE, International Monetary Research Ltd

‘Whether you are IN or OUT, this is certainly a book worth reading, in order to gain some knowledge and insight into both sides of the argument.’
– Breakaway Reviewers


Contents: PART I UK COSTS AND BENEFITS OF EU MEMBERSHIP 1. Introduction, The UK’s Relationship to the EU, The Aim of this Book and Policy Conclusions 2. The Costs of EU Regulation 3. The Cost of the Euro 4. The Cost of EU Trade Policies for the UK PART II RECENT TRADE DEVELOPMENTS- FACTS AND ANALYSIS 5. Agriculture 6. Manufactures 7. Services Bibliography Index