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

Sturgeon swimming upstream

I can’t help thinking that when Nicola Sturgeon sees her old boss Alex Salmond touring the TV studios that her heart is in her mouth hoping he’s not going to steal her thunder. Following Theresa May’s Brexit speech, the former First Minister used his airtime to declare that Scotland will likely hold indyref2 in theRead more

Adult social care – finding the opportunity amidst the risk

2016 was a year of surprises, not least for the British Government. With unprecedented international political challenges in the form of Brexit and Trump, it is perhaps inevitable that domestic policies have taken a back seat. Adult social care is a prime example. Playing second fiddle not only to Brexit but also, historically, the NHS,Read more

To Brexit and Beyond

Theresa May’s Brexit speech earlier today is arguably the most important political speech in recent history. Following months of speculation and no-end of advice from businesses, lobby groups and commentators, the PM has set out the government’s objectives for the UK’s negotiations regarding its withdrawal from the EU. Given the extensive pre-briefing to the media,Read more