In the Media

The Telegraph: The Establishment may not want a Canada-plus Brexit, but it’d most certainly suit the British people

Sep 19, 2017

Big business is furiously lobbying for an “EEA-lite” Brexit…for the UK this is a terrible outcome.

The Conversation: How the UK can benefit from a free trade future after Brexit – even outside the single market

Sep 19, 2017

“The benefits of free trade have been familiar to economists since Adam Smith. Trade encourages specialisation and leads to lower costs, higher productivity and higher living standards” – David Paton, David Blake and Kevin Dowd.

Daily Express: Statistics chief ‘playing politics’

Sep 19, 2017

Economics professor David Paton said the average annual payment, before the rebate’s deduction, to the EU from 2015-2017 “is just over £18billion per year, which works out to about £350million a week”.

BrexitCentral: Boris is right – Brexit does mean taking back full control of £350 million per week

Sep 18, 2017

Given that there will be significant net savings, it would be quite possible to continue all payments and still give “a lot” of our gross payment to the NHS.

Daily Telegraph: ‘The idea that the UK should vote again is scandalous’

Sep 18, 2017

In the final extract from their new book, Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons explain why a second EU referendum would be disastrous for Britain.

Daily Express: UK economy will grow FASTER after Brexit, even with ‘no deal’ predicts economist

Sep 18, 2017

Patrick Minford hailed the UK’s employment figures, which are rising “relentlessly”, in spite of the “Remoaner lobby” who claim businesses are “traumatised by the uncertainty of Brexit”. 

Daily Telegraph: It’s elementary economics – we are better off with a weaker pound

Sep 18, 2017

Although the lower pound has squeezed consumers’ real incomes, it has simultaneously increased the profits of companies involved in exporting and those competing with imports.

BrexitCentral: The UK economy is growing and will do so faster after Brexit – even in the event of ‘no deal’

Sep 18, 2017

Disappointingly for the ‘Remoaner’ lobby, the economy is going well. Employment continues to rise relentlessly, and unemployment keeps on falling, to levels below what was once thought to be ‘full employment’.

Sunday Telegraph: Never mind Brexit, it’s debt we should fear

Sep 17, 2017

The business of government must go on, no more so than when it comes to fiscal policy. Last week’s announcement the Budget will be held on Wednesday Nov 22 was a reminder that – despite Brexit – big decisions on tax and spending loom.

BrexitCentral: The EU’s thousands of senseless tariffs simply serve to punish the poor

Sep 17, 2017

My all-time favorite in the dumb tariff category has to be the 15 percent tariff on unicycles. One wonders which clown set that.

Sunday Telegraph: The biggest problem with Soft Brexit is that it’s not attainable

Sep 17, 2017

Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons say the commonly held belief that Britain would be better off inside the single market and customs union is misconceived.

Sky News: No regrets, Brexit is a wonderful opportunity – Sir James Dyson

Sep 14, 2017

Our advisory group member, Sir James Dyson, told Sky News that, unlike Mr Juncker, he harbours no regrets over Brexit, saying that it is a wonderful opportunity to forge trade agreements all over the world.

Radio 4 Today Programme: British business will thrive after a clean Brexit, says Sir James Dyson

Sep 14, 2017

Our advisory group member, Sir James Dyson, says British business will thrive after a clean Brexit.

City A.M.: While Juncker preaches control and protectionism, the UK is still madly trying to please Brussels

Sep 14, 2017

There is so much going on around Brexit, it is easy to lose track of important developments. One recent development in particular has received way too little attention…

Sky News: Roger Bootle discusses how adopting a low tax, low regulation economy is ‘doing Brexit right’

Sep 11, 2017

Watch Roger Bootle discuss how adopting a low tax, low regulation economy is ‘doing Brexit right’ and why leaving the EU will make Britain better off. 

Telegraph: Ignore the naysayers: a competitive pound is positive for our economy

Sep 11, 2017

Just as then, much now hinges on how beneficial the lower exchange rate turns out to be. We have recently heard many pessimistic interpretations.

BrexitCentral: A new model economy post-Brexit will benefit those in Britain who need it most

Sep 04, 2017

It is time for the UK to leave Project Fear in the past and to embrace a prosperous future outside the EU with confidence and optimism.

City AM: A chorus of free trade voices to drown out Remoaner despair

Sep 04, 2017

John Longworth: The coming together of Leave Means Leave, Labour Leave and Economists for Free Trade represents a truly visionary grouping of opinion.

Sunday Telegraph: Poorest will gain most under Brexit, says Labour report

Sep 03, 2017

Britain’s poorest households will be the biggest beneficiaries of Britain’s departure from the European Union, according to a report published by a prominent Labour group.

Belfast Telegraph: Clean break could boost poorer households, Brexit-backing economists claim

Sep 03, 2017

The report suggests that some of the poorest households would gain up to £44 as a result of lower food prices, cheaper rents and improved wages due to restrictions on unskilled migrant workers.

Daily Express: Transition period ‘would leave Britain worse off and could keep UK tied to bloc’

Sep 03, 2017

KEEPING Britain shackled to ­European Union rules for years to come would make the UK worse off – and risk effectively never leaving the bloc, Brexit backers warned today.

The Sun on Sunday: Britain’s poorest families will be £2,288 a year better off ‘thanks to Brexit’ as groceries and rent will tumble

Sep 03, 2017

John Mills, chairman of Labour Leave, said quitting the EU will transform the “sluggish economy”.

The Telegraph: How the single market may be less of a benefit than you think

Sep 02, 2017

Roger Bootle explores  the myths and delusions around trading in the union.

Brexit Podcast: Patrick Minford on the £135 billion benefits of Brexit

Aug 31, 2017

Patrick Minford joins Brexit Podcast’s Tim Heming to explain why his view bucks the trend of many economists, as he cites the removal of protectionism, subsidies paid out to unskilled immigrants and our annual membership of the European Union as chief factors in why we’ll soon all be better off.

Reaction: It’s not our problem how Europe fares after we leave the Customs Union

Aug 24, 2017

The preference of Economists for Free Trade – a group of 16 economists, including myself – is for universal free trade.

City A.M.: Ten reasons why true free trade is key to making Brexit a success

Aug 24, 2017

In the wake of the General Election result we feel there is a need to yet again help the public understand just how important true free trade is and would be to future prosperity.

The Daily Express: UK economy to BOOM without ‘destructive cack-handed’ EU holding us back, economists boast

Aug 24, 2017

In their latest paper the group added the “excessive regulatory zeal” of the Brussels bureaucracy have held back growth.

The Telegraph: We cannot be fooled by the myth of EU economic success

Aug 24, 2017

Is the EU likely to make good decisions about these threats and opportunities? This issue turns on the quality of governance in the EU. And the conclusion is not favourable.

The Sun: Britain will boom once free from the EU’s ‘destructive policies’, top economist claims

Aug 24, 2017

While the leaders of the rapidly growing countries of Asia were busying themselves with the fundamentals of economic growth, in Europe their equivalents were obsessed with unnecessary and damaging integrations.

City A.M. Debate: Is the Economists for Free Trade £135bn figure realistic?

Aug 22, 2017

The impact of unilateral free trade on an economy is not rocket science, but it is enormously powerful. EU membership means surrounding the UK with a protectionist wall from tariffs against the rest of the world.

Bloomberg: Why Professor Minford Says Brexit Will Boost U.K. Economy

Aug 21, 2017

Watch Patrick Minford discuss with Bloomberg why leaving the single market and customs union could add £135 billion to the UK economy.

The Telegraph: The British economy has exposed how terrible the pro-EU side’s Project Fear really was

Aug 21, 2017

Project Fear was some of the tackiest propaganda ever to have appeared in Britain’s public debate; it was all the more deplorable, in that the so-called “research” on which it relied came from Her Majesty’s Treasury.

The Guardian: Will Brexit boost or hurt the economy?

Aug 21, 2017

Predictably, our estimates have triggered howls of protest and derision from the economists who aligned themselves with “project fear”. However that project was founded on two main planks: the assumption that Brexit UK would pursue protectionist and other illiberal policies, and the use of a “gravity” trade model.

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme: Professor Patrick Minford – ‘From Project Fear to Project Prosperity’

Aug 21, 2017

Listen to Professor Patrick Minford on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme discussing ‘From Project Fear to Project Prosperity’.

The Telegraph: Finally, some refreshing optimism on Brexit and free trade

Aug 21, 2017

The Brexit talks that began last month have focused so far on the so-called bill for leaving the EU and citizenship rights. But the biggest fight will come over trade, an issue that the EU declines to address until substantial progress has been made on the first two.

The Sun: Time is running out for EU to do a good deal with us over Brexit — as Europe risks signing its own death warrant

Aug 21, 2017

A friendly deal with open markets would be a boom to both the EU and the UK — with trade continuing to move freely and cheaply across Europe.

BrexitCentral: It’s time to ditch Project Fear for Project Prosperity and embrace the Brexit boom

Aug 21, 2017

Now voters on both sides want the country to pull together to achieve the best deal possible for the UK. And make no mistake: leaving the single market and customs union provide huge opportunities for the UK economy.

CapX: Why only a hard Brexit will do

Aug 21, 2017

All students of economics will be familiar with what is commonly known as the Economic Problem: what to produce, how to produce, and who gets what?

The Times: Best hope for free trade is to have principles

Aug 21, 2017

After Brexit, Britain should try unilateral free trade no matter what everybody else does — and even if the United States turns more protectionist.

City A.M.: The City must prepare for an £135bn per year Brexit boost

Aug 21, 2017

It is this spirit of global free trade that the UK can now rediscover by combining the exit from the EU’s restrictive single market and customs union with opening up our economy to the positive effects of full competition.

The Telegraph: A ‘cliff-edge’ Brexit is just another name for Project Fear

Aug 20, 2017

The referendum campaign continues. Proposals for transition periods and the various scare stories concerning a “cliff-edge” are really Project Fear in disguise.

Channel 4 News: Professor Patrick Minford – ‘From Project Fear to Project Prosperity’

Aug 20, 2017

Watch Professor Patrick Minford on Channel 4 News discuss ‘From Project Fear to Project Prosperity’.

Forbes: Hard Brexit Gains UK Economy £135 Billion – More Than Any Other Arrangement

Aug 20, 2017

The important thing to understand here is that Minford is correct–the only intellectually or practically justified trade stance to have is one of unilateral free trade.

City A.M.: This group of pro-Brexit economists says leaving the EU will add £135bn to economy

Aug 20, 2017

Economists for Free Trade (EFT), formerly known as Economists for Brexit, calculate that a so-called hard Brexit would lead to a surge in national output worth around £5,000 a year for every household on average.

The Sunday Telegraph: Ignore silly season, Brexit is still on track

Aug 20, 2017

The only forecasters who predicted this outcome were Economists for Brexit – a group of nonaligned academics and industry analysts who relaunch this weekend as Economists for Free Trade.

The Sun on Sunday: Households will be £40 a week richer post-Brexit as UK imports tariff-free goods and increases output, experts claim

Aug 20, 2017

Britain’s economy could enjoy a Brexit boost worth £135billion a year, according to a glowing assessment by a group of 16 leading economists. They say there is mounting evidence that quitting Europe’s trade barriers will transform our prospects over the next decade.

The Sunday Times: Brexit negotiations: Let us talk trade deals now, David Davis tells EU

Aug 20, 2017

Looking ahead to life outside the EU, a report by a team of economists is published today which claims Brexit could boost the UK economy by £135bn a year.

BBC News: ‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Aug 20, 2017

A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade.

The Week: Hard Brexit ‘would offer £135bn annual economic boost’

Aug 20, 2017

A group of pro-Brexit economists say removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy.

The Sun on Sunday: Trust the man on the right side of history after Patrick Minford says Britain’s economy is actually set for a Brexit boost

Aug 20, 2017

Minford also found himself in a tiny minority 35 years later as George Osborne’s Project Fear warned of an immediate collapse of the economy if we voted for Brexit. It never came and Minford again found himself on the winning side.

Politics Home: Removing tariffs could mean £135bn annual boost to economy, claim pro-Brexit economists

Aug 20, 2017

A British market “flooded with less expensive goods from elsewhere” would immediately put European exporters at a disadvantage, Prof Minford argues in his introduction to the report.

The Telegraph: Stop talking Britain down, Remainers: We hold the aces, and the EU is desperate for a deal

Aug 14, 2017

The plain fact is Britain is under no legal obligation at all to pay anything to the EU and, if we do come to a financial arrangement, it should be a straightforward business transaction.

The Times: I am more confident than ever about Brexit

Aug 14, 2017

Matt Ridley: The robust economy set against the appalling behaviour of the European Commission shows we’re far better off out of it

The Telegraph: With the right financial services deal a transition period could be avoided

Aug 12, 2017

As the UK negotiates its EU financial services trade position post-Brexit, UK negotiators need to be clear what they want.

The Telegraph: Brexit Britain should take note of European judges, but it shouldn’t be ruled by them

Aug 08, 2017

The starting point is that after Brexit the ECJ will lose its British judge and other personnel. It will become a fully foreign court, entirely answerable to a group of foreign countries.

Conservative Home: The right post-Brexit farming policy could unleash agricultural innovation and lighten the load on consumers

Aug 01, 2017

A protective Common External Tariff raises the costs of EU goods and food in relation to world prices.

The Telegraph: Ireland may fancy its chances outside the EU

Jul 29, 2017

The EU has spent almost a decade trying to hammer out a US trade deal. Negotiating as a bloc of countries, often with conflicting objectives, is one reason Brussels has cut so few meaningful trade agreements.

Daily Express: ‘Why should we pay?’ Economist blasts pro-EU lobbyist over cost of unskilled workers

Jul 27, 2017

Professor Patrick Minford, chairman of Economists for Free Trade (EFT), hit out at Tim Thomas, who said workers from the EU benefited “everyone” in the UK.

The Telegraph: It’s time to inject some sense into immigration policy

Jul 22, 2017

The Brexit vote was “overwhelmingly” fuelled by “elderly people obsessed with immigration”, said Vince Cable in early July, sizing up the job of Liberal Democrat leader.

Brexit Central: The disadvantages of Single Market membership remain as clear as ever

Jul 16, 2017

Many of the arguments in favour of the UK remaining a member of the Customs Union or Single Market, by way of EFTA or the EEA, have been resuscitated in the light of the election.

The Telegraph: We need a new vision to fight the religion of European integration

Jul 02, 2017

Why do so many intelligent and well-meaning people wish to stay in the EU?  Some do so because they believe one or more of the fallacious arguments that I attacked last week. I hope my duck shoot gave them food for thought.


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