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.


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."

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.