John Springford

John Springford

Deputy director
Areas of expertise 

Britain and Europe, migration and labour markets, the single market and supply side reform, international trade, the euro, fiscal and monetary policy.


CER podcast: The Customs Union debate

09 May 2018
Sophia Besch asks John Springford and Sam Lowe to lay out the arguments in favour and against a customs union between the UK and the EU after Brexit.

Theresa's Irish trilemma

Bright Blue
11 April 2018
Theresa May must soon deal with an invidious trilemma. She can only choose two of three options: leaving the single market and customs union, maintaining a border-free Ireland, and pursuing a whole-UK approach to Brexit.

Sorry Britain, EU countries won't break ranks over post-Brexit trade

16 March 2018
Theresa May has finally spelled out some of the “hard facts” of Brexit, but she’s still holding out hope for that seemingly impossible sweetheart deal: market access as close as possible to the UK’s current arrangement, but with fewer obligations.

CER reaction to Prime Minister Theresa May's 'Road to Brexit' speech

02 March 2018
"Theresa May’s speech was serious. It was good that she recognised that the UK faces trade-offs and will lose some access to the single market."

The one thing May must remember: The 27 will not split

The Times
27 February 2018
Theresa May will be on a hiding to nothing this week if she tries to present a Brexit plan on managed divergence in the hope that it will divide and conquer the EU.

Brexit will damage UK services exports

15 February 2018
Distance and economy size are the most important factors determining the level of trade between two countries.

Parliament Live: Exiting the European Union Committee

06 February 2018
John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform speaks at the Exiting the European Union Committee on why the Swiss model as it stands is not appropriate for the UK (from 10:42).

Channel 4 News: UK will stay in EU 'longer than two-year transition'

05 February 2018
John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, warned Britain may not have a clean break from the EU.

CER Bulletin podcast: Trade post Brexit; EU vs Poland; Trump's foreign policy

24 January 2018
In the CER Bulletin podcast, CER researchers brief podcast listeners on three of the most important topics for Europe this month.

Because of Thatcherism, we can't get a good Brexit trade deal – here's why

The Independent
15 January 2018
The UK's approach to deregulation led to a bout of economic restructuring that now makes it difficult for Britain to impose its will on the rest of the world, let alone Europe.