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The UK needs to reform its trade policies to combat a consumption slowdown

3 February 2017

The UK economy finished strongly in 2016, with the ONS estimating growth of 2.0% in 2016, higher than any other G7 country. Because of the UK’s resilience after the Brexit vote, yesterday the Bank of England increased its forecast for UK economic growth in 2017 from 1.4% to 2.0%. The resilience of the UK economy post-referendum… [Read More]


If new homes are being approved, why shouldn’t we expect them to be built?

27 January 2017

With the housing white paper imminent, it’s squeaky bum time for the major developers who have been on notice for a while now that the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, is unimpressed with the rate at which they build out planning permissions. Last November he told the building industry: ‘I cannot look the other way when I… [Read More]


Theresa May’s speech provides an opportunity to move forward

17 January 2017

Finally, Brexit means Brexit. After months of criticism about her approach to Brexit, the Prime Minister made clear to the country the path she is planning to take in her approach to Brexit. The vote for change will mean the UK will no longer be a member of the single market and will no longer… [Read More]


The EU and import tariffs – who really pays?

1 November 2016

Civitas recently published a study of trade with the EU in order to estimate the balance of power between the EU and UK in the forthcoming negotiations. A free trade agreement with the EU that continued the current zero-tariff policy would be the best approach, but the study started with assumption that we should be… [Read More]


One last chance for ‘landbanking’ developers?

12 October 2016

A striking passage in Communities Secretary Sajid Javid’s speech to the Conservative Party conference last week was his quite forthright message to the major housing developers: ‘It’s time to get building. The big developers must release their stranglehold on supply. It’s time to stop sitting on landbanks, delaying build-out: the homebuyers must come first. Almost 280,000 planning permissions… [Read More]


A warning to those who want the government to reveal its Brexit blueprint

Today the Labour Party set out a list of questions asking publically for details of the government’s negotiation plans. If answered by government, such questions could seriously undermine the UK’s chances of a good outcome. Despite constant complaints about the lack of clarity over Brexit and the UK government’s demands, it seems to me perfectly clear what is wanted.… [Read More]


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