UCL Faculty of Laws


Professor Piet Eeckhout addresses INTA at the European Parliament

17 May 2018

Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dean of UCL Laws, this morning addressed the INTA committee (the Trade Committee of the European Union), at the European Parliament.

The address, which was web-streamed, follows publication in March of Professor Eeckout's study ‘Future trade relations between the EU and the UK: options after Brexit’.

About the study:

This study analyses the various options for the future trade relations between the EU and the UK, after Brexit. It examines the various models against the canvas of two distinct paradigms: market integration and trade liberalization. It finds that an intermediate model, which would allow for continued convergence and mutual recognition in some sectors/freedoms, but not others, is unavailable and cannot easily be constructed for legal, institutional, and political reasons. 

The stark choice is between a customs union/free trade agreement, or continued internal market membership through the EEA or an equivalent agreement. The study further analyses the effects of Brexit on the UK’s continued participation in the trade agreements concluded by the EU. Notwithstanding a range of complexities, the study finds that such continued participation is not automatic but subject to negotiation.

Read the study

Watch the web-stream