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.


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.

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."