Meeting: 15 June 2021 5.00pm - 6.15pm

Live webinar: The impact of Brexit - what have we learned so far?

Speaker: Dr Swati Dhingra, Associate Professor in Economics, LSE
Speaker: Charlotte Dendy, Principal Economist, CBI
Speaker: Prof Nick Crafts CBE, Professor of Economic History (0.3FTE), University of Sussex

Both in the run-up to the Brexit referendum and during the subsequent trade negotiations with the EU, there was an – often heated – debate about the implications of Brexit for the UK economy. Although the majority of economists argued that Brexit was likely to cause significant damage to the UK economy in the long run, a vocal minority dismissed these concerns. As we approach the six-month anniversary of the end of the transition period and the start of the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU, we re-visit this debate, focussing on the lessons that can be drawn from the experience to date.

We are delighted to welcome three expert speakers to this discussion.   

Dr Swati Dhingra is Associate Profession in Economics at LSE, and associate of the Centre for Economic Performance. She is currently a member of the UK’s Trade Modelling Review Expert Panel and LSE’s Economic Diplomacy Commission. She is Research Fellow at CEPR, and on the editorial boards of Journal of International Economics and Review of Economic Studies. Her research is in international economics and industrial policy. Swati will focus on developments in UK trade and the implications of the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU.  

Charlotte Dendy is a Principal Economist in the Economic Intelligence team at the CBI, focusing on the implications of COVID-19, Brexit, the Eurozone and UK economic surveys. Previously, Charlotte worked at Nomura International as an analyst and as a research assistant at the Bank of England. Charlotte will focus on the economic effects of Brexit from a business perspective, discussing the practical challenges that businesses have faced.

Prof Nick Crafts CBE FBA is Professor of Economic History (0.3FTE) at the University of Sussex.  He is also Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of Warwick where he was Director of CAGE, the ESRC Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy from 2010 to 2019.  He is President-Elect of the Royal Economic Society for 2022/23.  His latest book is Forging Ahead, Falling Behind, Fighting Back: British Economic Growth from the Industrial Revolution to the Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2018). During the discussion, Nick will focus on the implications of Brexit in the context of the UK’s wider economic history and performance.

The Masterclass will be held via live Zoom webinar on Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 5pm-6.15pm. Email for more details.