UPDATED May 2021: My top Brexit commentators/ sources

For those who may be interested, a list of people and institutions that I find the best sources of information, analysis and comment on Brexit, and whose work I often refer to on this blog and/or whose work informs it. In each case there is a Twitter name (via which further links to websites may be found) and/or a website link.

I have grouped the sources under various classifications. A couple of the classifications may not quite capture the full range of the named person’s expertise – apologies for any offence caused. Apologies, too, for any misdescriptions of job title/ role/ institution (I will correct if you contact me). And apologies, finally, to all the many excellent sources not listed here. I wanted to keep the list to a manageable length.

At the end, there is a list of my top five sources, with a brief explanation of why they are special.

Think tanks and think tankers

Centre for European Reform @CER_EU (especially Deputy Director John Springford @JohnSpringford on economics of Brexit and Senior Research Fellow Sam Lowe @SamuelMarcLowe on trade - but many others)

Brendan Donnelly, Director, Federal Trust @Brendandonn

Dr Kirsty Hughes, Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations @KirstyS_Hughes

Institute for Government @instituteforgov (especially Associate Director for Brexit Maddy Thimont Jack @ThimontJack and Senior Researcher on Brexit and devolution Jess Sargeant @Jess_Sargeant - but many others)

Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, Policy analyst and lawyer @AgataGostynska (maybe should be described as an 'ex-think tanker', but at all events and acute and well-informed analyst)

Jonathan Lis, Deputy Director, Influence Group @jonlis1

Marley Morris, Associate Director, IPPR @MarleyAMorris

Journalists and media commentators

(I have confined myself to 10, but there are many others)

Katya Adler, Europe Editor, BBC @BBCKatyaAdler
Rafael Behr, columnist, The Guardian @rafaelbehr
Lizzy Burden, Economics and Trade reporter, Bloomberg @lizzzburden
Lisa O'Carroll, Brexit correspondent, The Guardian @lisaocarroll
Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, RTE @tconnellyRTE
Annette Dittert, London Bureau Chief, ARD German TV @AnnetteDittert
Ian Dunt, Editor-at-large, politics.co.uk, @IanDunt

Peter Foster, Public Policy Editor, Financial Times @pmdfoster

David Allen Green, Law and Policy Contributing Editor, Financial Times @davidallengreen

Joe Mayes, UK Politics and Brexit reporter, Bloomberg @joe_mayes


(Again, I've confined myself to 10 amongst many possible inclusions)

Kenneth Armstrong, Professor of EU Law, Cambridge University @ProfKAArmstrong

Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU Law and Employment Law, Cambridge University @CSBarnard24

Tanja Bueltmann, Professor of International History, Strathclyde University  @TanjaBueltmann

Katy Hayward, Professor of Political Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast @hayward_katy

R. Daniel Kelemen, Professor of Political Science and Law, Rutgers University @rdanielkelemen (curates a massive Twitter thread devoted to Brexit impacts)

Brigid Laffan, Professor of Politics and Director of Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute Florence @BrigidLaffan

Anand Menon, Professor of Politics, King's College London and Director of UK in a Changing Europe @anandMenon1

Steve Peers, Professor of Human Rights, World Trade and EU Law, Essex University @StevePeers

Robert Saunders, Professor of Modern British History, Queen Mary, University of London @redhistorian 

Simon Usherwood, Professor of Politics, Open University @Usherwood

Trade experts (where not in other categories)

Dmitry Grozoubinski, former Australian trade negotiator, founder of Explain Trade @Dmitryopines

David Henig, UK Director, European Centre for International Political Economy and former senior civil servant in HMG DFIT  @DavidHenigUK

Anna Isaac, UK Trade and Economics correspondent, PoliticoEurope @Annaisaac (could also be in the 'journalists' category)

Dr Anna Jerzewska, independent customs expert and consultant @AnnaJerzewska

Allie Rennison, Department for International Trade @AllieRenison

Peter Ungphakhorn, former WTO official @CoppetainPU

The Trade Experettes network @TradeExperettes 

Blogs and other resources (some only partly devoted to Brexit)

Mainly Macro by Simon Wren-Lewis @sjwrenlewis

Trade Beta Blog by Peter Ungphakhorn @CoppetainPU

UK Trade Policy Observatory at Sussex University @uk_tpo
Law and Policy Blog by David Allen Green @davidallengreen
Brexit Impact Tracker by Gerhard Schnyder @GerhardSchnyder
Yorkshire Bylines' Digby Jones Index (jobs lost by Brexit) and Davis Downsides Dossier (listing of positive and negative Brexit impacts)
Most Favoured Nation (newsletter on UK and EU trade policy) by Sam Lowe @samuelmarclowe

My Top Five
Invidious, but I am going to do it anyway:

Katya Adler, Europe Editor, BBC @BBCKatyaAdler

The BBC’s coverage of Brexit has come in for some criticism, including from me. But Katya Adler’s reporting from Brussels has been exemplary in its depth and sophistication, and she is obviously deeply connected. As well as reporting, she provides subtle and incisive analysis. The epitome of what public service broadcasting should be like.
Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, RTE @tconnellyRTE
Tony Connelly consistently provides insightful and astonishingly well-sourced coverage of Brexit. Necessarily, he writes from an Irish perspective but he has provided UK readers with far better information and analysis than probably any British journalist. If I were forced to choose only one source of Brexit news it would be Tony Connelly.

Ian Dunt, Editor-at-large, politics.co.uk, @IanDunt
Ian Dunt does (at least) two things superlatively well. First, he provides fantastic live Twitter reporting on key parliamentary debates, honing in on key points. Second, he writes the sharpest, most acerbic and best-informed analytical comment on Brexit (and politics more generally). If Tony Connelly is the best source for Brexit news, Ian Dunt is the best person for Brexit comment.

David Allen Green, Law and Policy Editor, Financial Times and blogger @davidallengreen
Like great philosophers, there’s a cool clarity to the best legal minds and David Allen Green exemplifies this. Everything he writes exudes logic, and in the legal minefield of Brexit (and more widely) he has provided a clear pathway for non-lawyers to understand what is at stake, and done so with great humour and intellectual elegance.

Katy Hayward, Professor of Political Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast @hayward_katy
An expert in what has emerged as a Brexit central issue – the Irish border – Katy Hayward exemplifies what social science research can bring to public debate and public policy discussions. Not only is her research methodologically robust, she also writes in an accessible and stylish way. It’s probably fair to say that she has, rightly, had more public policy impact on Brexit than any other academic.


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