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.


Vice News: Theresa May heads to France as Brexit talks go south

09 August 2018
“Michel Barnier has had a very tough line and he's taking his directions from France and Germany, and Theresa May's plan is to try and undercut the European Commission,” says John Springford, a Brexit expert at the Centre of European Reform.

CER podcast: What is the cost of Brexit?

01 August 2018
The UK economy is around 2 per cent smaller as a result of the vote to leave the EU. John Springford speaks to Sophia Besch about his analysis, his modelling method and the implications of the result.

The Spectator Podcast: Is the Brexit drama just beginning?

12 July 2018
Is Brexit going in circles? With the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson – and widespread unhappiness at the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan – it is hard to pretend that things are going well. But is the drama only just getting started?

Aljazeera: EU reform, migration and the economy

30 June 2018
John Springford, the deputy director of the Centre for European Reform, says "bringing in more people definitely helps" EU countries economically.

BBC The Real Story: Can the EU Survive?

29 June 2018
John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform along with Claire jones, Paul Mason and Josef Janning discuss the future of the EU on the BBC's Real Story.

The UK and Europe: What's the cost of Brexit so far?

26 June 2018
Any reasonable observer will acknowledge that the Brexit vote has curbed economic growth.

Sky News: Two years on from the referendum are we better of worse off?

22 June 2018
John Springford, deputy director of the Centre for European Reform speaks to Adam Boulton on Sky News about his research published tomorrow on the effect of the referendum on UK growth.

Merkel, Macron and the euro

07 June 2018
In an email forum, three experts chime in on the German chancellor’s proposal for the eurozone.

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.