The EU is by far the UK’s biggest trade partner so any new barriers to UK-EU trade are likely to have a big impact on the UK economy. Because industries and regions differ in their dependence on access to EU markets and on their use of imports from the EU, they are likely to be affected differently by new trading arrangements.
This event showcased new IFS research – funded by the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe Initiative - on the potential impacts of new trading arrangements with the EU on different industries, workers and regions. Presentations covered questions such as:
- How important is the EU as a source of exports and imports for different UK industries?
- How important is the EU as hub through which UK output is exported to China, the US and other major economies?
- Which workers and regions are most exposed to the problems and opportunities generated by new trade barriers to UK-EU trade after Brexit?
The event featured presentations by Peter Levell (IFS) and Agnes Norris Keiller (IFS) followed by a talk by Professor L. Alan Winters (Director, UK Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex). You can download the slides and watch videos of the presentations by following the links on the right hand side of the page.
The support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is gratefully acknowledged (through grant ES/R000980/1).