Any form of Brexit will impact heterogeneously in terms of sectors and regions on the competitive position of firms in both the UK and Europe. The ongoing uncertainty about the conditions under which the UK will be leaving the EU creates difficulties in structurally estimating these impacts. Using uniquely detailed interregional trade data on goods and services for the EU, we apply a novel methodology that disentangles region-sector sensitivities (elasticities) of firms’ competitive positions to (non)tariff barriers from the implications of different post-Brexit UK–EU trade scenarios. This enables us to derive the economic geography of competitive opportunities and vulnerabilities of Brexit of firms, along with the degree of uncertainty that surrounds these effects, independently from scenarios. [...]

European regional development, Brexit, impact analysis, competitiveness, regional inequality,
Economic Geography

Thissen, M.J.P.M, van Oort, F.G, McCann, P, Ortega-Argilles, R, & Husby, T. (2020). The implications of Brexit for UK and EU regional competitiveness. Economic Geography. doi:10.1080/00130095.2020.1820862