Comment Being half in customs union is like being half pregnant by Roderick Abbott | 16.01.2017 With UK seemingly prepared to quit customs union and single market, people are toying with halfway houses. These won’t fit WTO rules. Comment A Japan-UK alliance for open trade? by Bill Emmott | 16.12.2016 The Japan-EU talks on a EPA/FTA offer a great opportunity for the UK and Japan to promote open trade and clarify Brexit Comment Hammond is right; the UK needs a transitional deal by Sam Ashworth-Hayes | 14.12.2016 If we leave the EU with no trade deal in place, the economic damage will be immense. There has to be time after Brexit to reach a new arrangement with Europe. NIESR report doesn’t mean Brexit will help the low paid by Sam Ashworth-Hayes | 07.12.2016 Thinktank estimates that a cut in migration may put up their wages a tad - all things being equal. But they’ll be hurt in other ways. Brexiters wriggling out of promise to cut payments to EU by Hugo Dixon | 01.12.2016 Popular Leave camp pledge was to axe contributions to Brussels. Now David Davis admits we may keep paying to secure market access. Comment EEA membership means transitional deal already in place by Peter Wilding | 29.11.2016 British Influence chair argues judicial review of government view that quitting EU means leaving EEA could pave way for smart Brexit. Comment Single market legal challenge puts spanner in May’s Brexit by Hugo Dixon | 28.11.2016 If it’s true that leaving EU doesn’t mean we quit EEA too, PM may struggle to take us out of single market and even conceivably out of EU. Six developments for the Brexit economy this week by Charlie Mitchell | 25.11.2016 Hammond’s downbeat Autumn Statement gave a first glimpse of Brexit’s economic impact, but pro-Brexit and Remain MPs fight over forecasts. Comment Brexit to raise government borrowing by £226m/week by Michael Prest | 23.11.2016 Boris Johnson et al falsely promised we’d get £350m/week from quitting EU. First official figures since referendum show borrowing rising. Comment Brexit is the ghost at Hammond’s feast by Stewart Fleming | 22.11.2016 Rising inflation, slowing growth, falling real wages and an "eye-wateringly large" debt are a political as well as economic problem. 6 pieces of economic news this week by Charlie Mitchell | 18.11.2016 As Hammond prepares for his maiden Autumn Statement there were snippets of good news for the economy, but a £100bn budget black hole looms. Comment Theresa May faces devil’s choice over customs union by Hugo Dixon | 17.11.2016 Johnson says UK will probably leave barrier-free trade area post-Brexit. PM says no decision’s been made. That’s because no option is good.