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Economic Costs and Benefits

A collection of notable reports and articles about the economic costs and benefits of EU membership.  We have concentrated on linking to think-tank and government reports, academic research and posts from the EU blogosphere, rather than the press.


The economic consequences of leaving the EU  The final report of the CER commission on the UK and the EU single market, 09 June 2014


Regent's Report: The UK and Europe: Costs, Benefits, Options by Regents University, London Published 2013


Does the EU impede the UK’s economic growth? by  Jonathan Lindsell for Civitas Published 2013


The economic impact of EU membership on the UK Commons Library Standard Note, September 2013


The EU's free trade agreements - where are we? Memo from the European Commission, February 2013


Should Britain Leave the EU? An Economic Analysis of a Troubled Relationship


Twenty Years On The UK and the Future of the Single Market by Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) (October 2012)


20 years of the single market and its benefits for the UK by David Lidington October 2012

20 years of the Single Market

Evaluation of EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement after 1 year by Giulio Sabbati October 2012


UK democracy and economy ruined by EU - say some by Grahnlaw (September 2012)

UK democracy and economy ruined by EU

Britain and Europe: A new relationship by Ruth Lea and Brian Binley MP (2012)


Trading places: Is EU membership still the best option for UK trade? by Stephen Booth & Christopher Howarth (June 2012)


Smaller firms need more support to trade with high-growth markets, says BCC (May 2012)

BCC's latest trade survey findings

BIS report: UK trade Performance across markets and sectors by Christina Lees (February 2012)


Do three million UK jobs rely directly on our place in the EU? by Amy Sippitt (November 2011)

Do three million UK jobs rely directly on our place in the EU?

FactCheck: What happens to the economy if we pull out of the EU? by Cathy Newman (October 2011)

The FactCheck Blog

UK-EU trade creates far fewer jobs in the UK than in the rest of the EU by Ruth LEA


BERR Report - Europe: It's your Business (June 2008)


A Cost Too Far? An analysis of the net economic costs & benefits for the UK of EU membership by Ian Milne (July 2004)


Better Off Out? by Brian Hindley (2001)


The National Institute of Economic and Social Research - Annual Report 2000


UK jobs dependent on the EU by Brian Ardy, Iain Begg & Dermot Hodson (2000)