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Kevin Dowd is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Professor of Finance and Economics at Durham University, Partner with Cobden Partners in London, and Professor Emeritus of Financial Risk Management at the University of Nottingham in England. He is editor of the Independent Institute book, Money and the Nation State: The Financial Revolution, Government and the World Monetary System (with Richard Timberlake, Jr.).
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A Unilateral Free Trade Policy Would Be Hugely Beneficial for Brexit Britain



My new monograph, A Trade Policy for a Brexited Britain, was published on Friday by the Institute of Economic Affairs. Here is a brief synopsis: Adam Smith once observed that “Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only so far...
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Hardcore Socialism Would Render Britain Destitute



Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist policies of state control, high spending, class warfare and punitive taxation have been tried in many countries. We know how these policies turn out and it is always the same: badly. As a starting point, he appointed a Stalinist as a key advisor, ignored warnings about Trot infiltration of the Labour...
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Brexit Can Herald a New ‘Golden Era’ for the City of London as a Global Powerhouse



On June 23, 2016, the British people voted to leave the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech on January 17, 2017 then made it clear that the United Kingdom would opt for a hard Brexit: It would leave not just the EU, but also the European Economic Area, membership of which...
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UK News Special: Theresa May Calls a General Election



You will by now have seen the news from the United Kingdom: Prime Minister Theresa May is calling a snap general election. Frankly, I had been wondering why she didn’t do this earlier. Here is my quick take: Now, I admit that I was never a great fan of Mrs. May. I don’t care...
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Decisive Brexit Referendum: What Happens Next? Part 4: The EU Enters Its Endgame



[See Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.] The Brexit vote was never just about whether the Brits would reject rule from Brussels. The real issues were much broader and felt across the whole EU—an arrogant and undemocratic elite, its disastrous economic policies and an increasing gap between haves and have-nots,...
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Decisive Brexit Referendum: What Happens Next? Part 3: Bust Banks, Banksters, & Bailouts



[See Part 1 Here and Part 2 Here] A lot has happened since my last posting on the June 23rd Brexit vote. A new government in the UK, the petition for a new referendum vote has been exposed as a scam, most markets have stabilized as anticipated and the Labour Party civil war over...
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Decisive Brexit Referendum: What Happens Next? Part 2: The Disunited Kingdom



[See Part 1 Here] Besides handing down the vote to Leave the EU, the June 23rd Brexit referendum also demonstrated that the UK is a house divided. The vote itself was fairly narrow: 52% vs. 48%. Northern Ireland (NI), Scotland and London had clear majorities for Remain, but much of the rest of England...
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Decisive Brexit Referendum: What Happens Next? Part 1: UK Politics



[See Part 2 Here] Thursday, 23 June 2016, will go down in history as the United Kingdom’s own Independence Day. American readers will hopefully appreciate the irony. The take-home message is that people in the UK lost confidence in a complacent and corrupt European Union (EU) elite that wouldn’t listen to them and was...
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Why I Am Voting for Brexit



[Based on remarks to the Hewitts-Northern Echo Brexit debate held in Darlington, County Durham, England, 15 June 2016.] If we British vote to stay in the European Union (EU), we should consider exactly what it is that we would be voting to remain in. The EU is a democratically-deficient failed state. Its ‘constitution’ is...
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