Free trade trumped by travel ban

Why would one want the dubious title of First Foreign Leader To Meet President Trump? It seems like an honour many people in the current environment might actively avoid. But for Theresa May, who we know likes to review the evidence before taking decisions, it was no doubt a carefully cost-effected move to further herRead more

May’s industrial strategy – red flags and green lights

It comes as a surprise to nobody that the UK is facing a productivity crisis. Having already lagged considerably behind other OECD countries before 2008, the gap has only widened in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The government’s industrial strategy, unveiled earlier this week, is the latest attempt to address this. Met with cautiousRead more

An unexpected journey: Article 50 to visit the Houses of Parliament

By a majority of eight to three, the Supreme Court today ruled that an Act of Parliament is required to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The ruling is significant, if not entirely unexpected, and provides a hurdle that the Prime Minister will now have toRead more

The government’s Modern Industrial Strategy

Standing on the threshold of Number 10 in July last year, Mrs May pledged to fight the “burning injustices” plaguing British society, to expand opportunity for all and to allow people to “go as far as your talents will take you”. Today her government published the Modern Industrial Strategy green paper, in a milestone towardsRead more

O Canada (Plus)

With the Prime Minister’s landmark Brexit speech last week, commentators have dedicated a significant amount of time to the future of Britain’s trading relationships. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has indicated that the UK is in discussions with upwards of 12 nations regarding free trade deals. Arguably the most important deal to be stuck willRead more