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New Publication: Cutting the Gordian Knot: A Roadmap for British Exit from the European Union

Monday, October 10, 2016 4:43
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The Conservative Party Conference showed what direction the Government wishes to take over Brexit. However, what are the next steps to making the UK freer and more prosperous?

Cutting the Gordian Knot: A Roadmap for British Exit from the European Union, published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and co-authored by Iain Murray and Director of The Freedom Association, Rory Broomfield, sheds light on the road forward to make Britain a more prosperous nation post Brexit.

By calling for a Royal Commission on Regulatory Reduction with special powers to present packages of reforms before Parliament to be considered, using streamlined procedures set out in the paper, this roadmap would allow a transparent transition to take place that would give confidence to the markets and understanding of the legislative changes to come.
The paper also gives recommendations that would make Britain a more competitive, outward-looking and global nation, such as:

1. The introduction of an immigration tariff based around market principles (rather than a points-based system),

2. A model that more closely follows the New Zealand model of agriculture (rather than the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy),

3. A desire to influence global (rather than embracing regional costs within) financial regulation,

The book is the second edition of the 2014 entry into the IEA Brexit Prize, where the authors won second place and a 10,000 euro prize.

Commenting on the paper one of its co-authors, Rory Broomfield, said:
“We now know that the Government wants to introduce a “Great Repeal Bill” but are still looking to see what steps it will take to make the UK a more prosperous and globally orientated country. Cutting the Gordian Knot sets out how those in Whitehall could tackle the regulatory problems inherited from the EU.”
He went onto say:
“We have not started the process of successfully rolling back the frontiers of the EU, only to see them re-imposed at a Westminster level. We must not let this golden opportunity slip away.”
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About the authors:
Iain Murray is the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s vice president of strategy. For the past decade with the Institute, he has concentrated on financial regulation, employment and immigration regulation and free market environmentalism.
Murray has published several acclaimed books, including Stealing You Blind: How Government Fatcats Are Getting Rich Off of You and The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Won’t Tell You About – Because They Helped Cause Them. His op-eds have appeared in The National Review, The Providence Journal and Fox News. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN Headline News, the BBC and Al-Jazeera, among other broadcast networks.
In addition to his work at CEI, Murray is the visiting fellow at the Adam Smith Institute and board members of the Cherish Freedom Trust and American Friends of the Taxpayers Alliance and advisory board members of Global Britain and Young Britons Foundation.
Prior to coming to CEI in 2003, Murray was the Director of Research for the Statistical Assessment Service and the Executive Officer of HM Department of Transport. He received his MBA from the University of London and his MA from the University of Oxford.

Rory Broomfield is Director of The Freedom Association and its Better Off Out campaign.

He has previously worked in the City of London and in Westminster for a number of Members of Parliament, including the current Prime Minister, Theresa May; the current Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady; and Sir Richard Shepherd. He has written a number of books, including Membership of the EU: There Are Alternatives,The EU’s Effect on the UK’s Place in the World, and The Future’s Bright-The Future’s Global.
Broomfield is a regular commentator on a range of domestic and international media outlets. He holds a First Class degree in Politics from the University of York and Master’s degrees from City University London and Warwick Business School.


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