A reader emails me about Brexit – Marginal REVOLUTION


I cannot do an additional indentation, that is all from the reader, an EU nationwide working for the UK authorities:

“…after all I’m writing to disagree with you, as a result of for as soon as I feel I perceive a problem – Brexit – higher than you do.  So towards your modifications which have made you extra pro-Brexit, beneath are 4 methods by which Brexit remains to be as expensive. or extra expensive, than we could have initially thought.

  1. Politics within the UK have modified and the UK is much less prone to make the most of the alternatives of Brexit/ The very fact the UK authorities is comfortable to comply with non-regression on EU labour and environmental laws, and is most thinking about coverage area on subsidies and fishing is a foul signal.
  2. Brexit has made the liberal bloc within the EU much less highly effective and can make EU laws worse. For instance, the Copyright Directive wouldn’t have handed the Council had the UK voted towards (see here). That the UK voted for it (so it’s additionally UK regulation too) tells you one thing about how probably the UK is to withstand unhealthy concepts on web regulation.
  3. EU free motion is an underrated supply of labour market flexibility – the whole lack of paperwork is kind of enticing. Submit Brexit immigration coverage gained’t assist, notably since with a nationwide wage threshold, the lack of EU migrants will have an effect on areas outdoors of London extra: almost half of the non-EU migrants that come for work dwell in London, however solely a 3rd of EU work migrants do (see here).
  4. Being outdoors the EU makes it extra expensive for the UK to disengage from China, particularly if it additionally needs some autonomy from the US. Attitudes to each China and the US have modified lots since Brexit, so no matter its deserves the UK authorities shall be utilizing industrial technique to grow to be extra impartial from the China and possibly additionally the US.”

TC once more: right here is my Brexit column he was responding to.