The authoritative source for independent research on UK-EU relations

27 Apr 2022

8:45 am to 5:00 pm

The Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, UK


On January 1, 2021, the UK implemented the biggest changes to its trade policy in 40 years, as well as introducing an entirely new immigration system; all in the middle of a global pandemic. A year on, what have we learned about the impacts of Brexit on the UK economy?  This conference brings together leading academic researchers on trade, immigration and the political economy of Brexit to present new research on different aspects of this question, with commentary and discussion from leading economic and financial journalists. Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute of International Economics, and a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, will give a keynote speech entitled “Getting from Brexit to Genuinely Global Britain: A Roadmap”.

Venue: The Royal College of Surgeons of London, 38-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE

If you are not able to attend in person, you can watch through our live stream.

Conference Agenda

9.25am  – 9.30am Welcome

  • Anand Menon, UK in a Changing Europe

9.30am – 10.45am

KEYNOTE The UK & the global economy post Brexit

  • Adam Posen, Peterson Institute of International Economics
  • Respondent/in conversation:  Lizzie Burden, Bloomberg

10.45am – 11:00am BREAK

11.00am – 12.15pm Brexit and the impact on trade

  • Thomas Sampson, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Josh Delyon, London School of Economics and Political Science/University of Oxford
  • Discussant/chair: Anna Isaac, The Independent

12.15pm – 1.15pm LUNCH

1.15pm – 2.30pm The political economy of Brexit

  • Thimeo Fetzer, University of Warwick
  • Meredith Crowley, University of Cambridge
  • Discussant/chair: Ben Chu, BBC

2.30pm – 3.30pm Brexit and trade in services

  • Jun Du, Aston University
  • Sarah Hall, University of Nottingham
  • Discussant/chair: Mehreen Khan, The Times

3.30pm – 3.45pm BREAK

3.45pm – 4.45pm Immigration after Brexit

  • Madeleine Sumption, University of Oxford
  • Jonathan Portes, UK in a Changing Europe
  • Discussant/chair: Myrto Oikonomou, International Monetary Fund

4.45pm – 5.00pm Close

  • Jonathan Portes, UK in a Changing Europe


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