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It's Quite OK to Walk Away: A review of the UK’s Brexit options with the help of seven international databases

Michael Burrage, March 2017

The image of the EU’s Single Market as an economically successful project, membership of which is vital to the interests of the UK, has rested on the hopes and repeated assurances of politicians rather than any credible evidence. No UK government has ever sought to monitor its impact until the rushed analysis, now widely held to be unreliable and untrustworthy, produced by the Treasury… [Full Details]

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Mitigating the impact of tariffs on UK-EU trade

Mitigating the impact of tariffs on UK-EU trade

William Norton, January 2017

Post-Brexit, in the event of there being no trade treaty, UK exports to the EU-27 could expect to suffer tariff costs in the region of £5.2 billion, but the corresponding exports from the EU-27 to the UK would face costs in the region of £12.9 billion. These figures were advanced in previous Civitas research as a strong argument that it… [Full Details]

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Economical With The Truth

Economical With The Truth: A review of 'HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives'

Michael Burrage, May 2016

The Chancellor has claimed that every household would be £4,300 worse off outside the EU - but the Treasury's calculations are based on a false premise the value of the Single Market to British trade. In this report, Michael Burrage interrogates the assumptions underpinning HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives and finds that they ignore much… [Full Details]

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The Eurosceptic

The Eurosceptic's Handbook: 50 live issues in the Brexit debate

Michael Burrage, May 2016

The Brexit debate that has taken hold of the country is one of the defining issues of our time. The outcome of the EU referendum in June will have ramifications that will be felt for generations to come. But the discussion is curiously one-sided. The polls show that the British people are fairly evenly split between those who would stay and those who would… [Full Details]

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EU Facts

EU Facts: A new web resource from Civitas

March 2016

With the EU referendum debate well under way, Civitas has launched http://www.eu-facts.org.uk/ - a new website to help inform the discussion between now and June 23rd. EU Facts is a web resource designed to provide the average voter with the essentials about the functioning of the EU and Britain’s relationship with it. More than 70 simple fact sheets give the… [Full Details]


Myth and Paradox of the Single Market

Myth and Paradox of the Single Market: How the trade benefits of EU membership have been mis-sold

Michael Burrage, January 2016

For many, the economic benefits accruing from the UK’s membership of the EU are self-evident and unanswerable: access to the European Single Market is of enormous benefit to British exporters and a major attraction for global investors looking to expand into the region. Or so the argument goes. But where is the evidence for this? What do the trade and investment figures actually… [Full Details]

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Lessons From Switzerland

Lessons From Switzerland: How might Britain go about business outside the EU?

By Jonathan Lindsell, October 2015

Should Britain choose to quit the European Union it would take back from Brussels responsibility for negotiating its own trade deals with economies around the world. Some see this as a threat, fearful that the UK alone would never have the leverage to thrash out the kind of arrangements that the EU does. Others see this as an opportunity, freeing Britain to pursue deals on… [Full Details]

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Hard Bargains or Weak Compromises?

Hard Bargains or Weak Compromises?: Reforming Britain’s relationship with the EU

Brian Binley and Lee Rotherham, Foreword by John Redwood, March 2015

David Cameron has promised that, if re-elected in the 2015 general election, he will renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU before putting it to a referendum in 2017. But so far there has been little indication of what sort of deal he hopes to strike. In this timely and wide-ranging study of the UK's position in Europe, Conservative MP Brian Binley… [Full Details]

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Softening the Blow

Softening the Blow: Who gains from the EU and how they can survive Brexit

Jonathan Lindsell, September 2014

'Brexit’ - British exit from the European Union - is a distinct possibility. Although many argue that the economy of an independent Britain will be more successful on the whole, there are sectors in which people feel that they benefit from EU membership. These people are consequently strong critics of the Brexit movement. In Softening the Blow, Jonathan Lindsell discusses Brexit fears with industry spokespeople, then explores… [Full Details]

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With Friends Like These... Why Britain should leave the EU - and how

With Friends Like These... Why Britain should leave the EU - and how

David Conway, August 2014

Trust in the European Union has been in steep decline since the eurocrisis, and the 2014 European Parliament elections saw many MEPs sent to Brussels to represent parties opposed to the federalist agenda, and in some cases to the EU itself. Euroscepticism has gone from being a political position that was treated with contempt by both the media and the political establishments to being a… [Full Details]

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Where

Where's the Insider Advantage?: A review of the evidence that withdrawal from the EU would not harm the UK's exports or foreign investment in the UK

Michael Burrage, July 2014

Britain's relationship with the European Union is under scrutiny like never before. Increasingly passionate arguments are being mounted on both sides of the debate, but they have been generating more heat than light. In an attempt to furnish the argument with the facts, independent analyst Michael Burrage here provides a sober and detailed study of the supposed trade and investment advantages that EU membership… [Full Details]

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The Demise of the Free State

The Demise of the Free State: Why British democracy and the EU don't mix

David G. Green, April 2014

"The great merit of this brilliant and learned book is that it locates the case for withdrawal in the magnificent British tradition of democracy, liberty and tolerance” - Peter Oborne As the UK fast approaches a crossroads in its relationship with the European Union, Civitas director David G Green contrasts the ideals that have evolved in the British political system over many centuries - best described as… [Full Details]

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What Have We Done? The surrender of our democracy to the EU

What Have We Done? The surrender of our democracy to the EU

David G. Green, April 2013

Since joining the European Economic Community in 1973, we have steadily lost the power to govern ourselves. In this necessary and insightful book, David Green describes the essential qualities of the free, open and democratic British system which evolved over 1,000 years. Under our constitution, the fact that the government can be removed immediately by either the Commons or the Crown changes its behaviour… [Full Details]

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Time to Say No

Time to Say No

Ian Milne, September 2011

Evidence is accumulating that membership of the EU imposes a heavy ongoing net cost on the UK economy possibly in excess of ten per cent of GDP, over £140 billion a year at 2009 prices. The author examines this and other questions in detail, including the three main alternatives to EU membership. He concludes by sketching out the mechanics, timetable, management and consequences of full… [Full Details]

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Strasbourg in the Dock

Strasbourg in the Dock: Prisoner Voting, Human Rights & the Case for Democracy

Dominic Raab, April 2011

The ruling that convicted prisoners have the right to vote has put the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg at loggerheads with the UK Parliament and, hence, the will of the British people. This was reinforced in 2011 when backbenchers of all parties rejected enfranchising prisoners in a free vote. In this forensic examination, Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, explains how the… [Full Details]

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