Open Europe’s solutions are for the most part very sensible; let us hope that they are adopted almost wholesale by the UK’s negotiating team.

Allister Heath in The Daily Telegraph, 28 March 2017

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    Henry Newman

    Director Henry joins Open Europe having worked as a special adviser in the Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office. He has taught politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies and elsewhere, and studied at the University of Oxford, Harvard University, and the London School of Economics. See Articles
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    Stephen Booth

    Director of Policy and Research Stephen is Director of Policy and Research at Open Europe. While at Open Europe he has written on EU regulation, justice and home affairs and EU aid policy. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in political science and was awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for his master's degree in European studies from the University of Sussex. Stephen's professional interests include democracy and transparency in the EU, the interaction between domestic and EU law and European cooperation in crime and policing. He is half Dutch.
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    Pieter Cleppe

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    Leopold Traugott

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    Policy Analyst Dr David Shiels holds a PhD in History from Cambridge, where he also studied for his masters and undergraduate degrees. His academic interests include Euroscepticism in the UK, immigration and domestic British politics. He is writing a book on the career of Enoch Powell and is an expert on the Thatcher era. David is from Northern Ireland and has written widely about Ulster Unionism and UK-Ireland relations. See Articles
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    Dominic Walsh

    Policy Analyst Dominic joins us having completed an MA in British Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London, specialising in the domestic politics of the UK-EU relationship. His academic interests include British political parties, referendums, Euroscepticism, and parliamentary rebellions. Dominic originally started at Open Europe as an intern, and has previously worked for the Constitution Unit at University College London. He also holds a first-class undergraduate degree in History from Durham University. See Articles
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    Anna Nadibaidze

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    Jacob Osborne

    Intern Jacob recently graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class degree in History. He is particularly interested in issues relating to immigration. Jacob speaks intermediate French. See Articles

Need to know facts

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Swiss EU migration policy: A model for the UK?

Although Switzerland is cited as a model the UK should follow outside the EU in terms of migration policy, Open Europe has found that it has far higher levels of EU immigration than the UK as a proportion of their populations. If the UK had the same net EU immigration rate as Switzerland, it would mean nearly 400,000 more EU migrants a year.Source: Eurostat
Financial 25%
Insurance & Pension 4%
Other business services 26%
Travel 16%
Transport 12%
Other 17%

UK services exports to the EU (2015) - total £88.9bn

In 2015, the UK’s surplus in services with the EU was £20.9bn, largely driven by the £19.1bn surplus in financial services and £3.6bn in insurance services. In terms of services exports to the EU, financial services accounted for 25% of exports, while insurance accounted for a further 4%.Source: ONS Pink Book