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.


Open labour markets are good for Britain

Financial Times
17 April 2015
Senior research fellow John Springford writes an open letter to the Financial Times.

Brexit threatens Britain's poorest regions

09 April 2015
A British exit from the EU most imperils the UK’s poorest regions, and could make inequality worse, writes John Springford.

When you join the EU you make a deal – Switzerland needs to remember that

The Guardian
19 January 2015
Swiss attempts to limit EU immigration may succeed but, as UK Eurosceptics should note, reneging on a bargain can bring dire consequences.

Italy’s ‘Neet’ rate is way above OECD average

Financial Times
07 January 2015
John Springford writes a letter of opinion in the Financial Times.

Splendid isolation?

Project Syndicate
25 June 2014
Membership of the European Union has shackled Britain’s economy to a corpse. The United Kingdom has been bound by swaths of costly red tape to a bunch of moribund economies with no growth prospects. As a result, UK exporters have been held back from the fast-growing markets of the Commonwealth and the developing world.

Video interview on 'The economic consequences of leaving the EU'

09 June 2014
John Springford and Simon Tilford discuss the final report of the CER commission on the UK and the EU single market.

Video interview on 'The consequences of Brexit for the City of London'

08 May 2014
John Springford talks about his and Philip Whyte's latest policy brief 'The consequences of Brexit for the City of London'.

Britain's Conservatives must choose between sovereignty and free trade

07 February 2014
The British Conservative party is deeply divided over British membership of the EU.

Video interview on 'The Great British trade-off: The impact of leaving the EU on the UK's trade and investment'

20 January 2014
Simon Tilford and John Springford discuss their latest CER policy brief 'The Great British trade-off: The impact of leaving the EU on the UK's trade and investment'.

Deflating German excuses

New York Times
02 December 2013
Germany has become accustomed to being top of the class in Europe, the economic musterkind, or model pupil, of the Continent. But it was recently reprimanded by the United States Treasury for running a large trade surplus and imposing a "deflationary bias" on the eurozone.