Brexit, Boris and the Budget

Expectations could hardly have been lower going into the Conservative Party Conference. The Boris Johnson show promised to derail any carefully choreographed messaging from Number 10. The Tories themselves seemed desperately short of ideas, particularly following the radical ideas from Labour in Liverpool the previous week and Ministers ranging from Sam Gimyah to Liz TrussRead more

Models for the post-Brexit immigration system

Described by David Davis as “a landmark moment”, the passing of the EU Withdrawal Act in June allowed Theresa May to take a breath and perhaps to issue a sigh of relief.  However, what is clear, is that there are still many legislative hurdles for her to jump and policy details that need to beRead more

Stockpiling highlights the risks of Brexit uncertainty

Confirmation that the government was planning to stockpile food and medicine in the event of a “no deal Brexit” caused consternation and talk of panic buying. Should the UK leave without a deal, it will fall back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, meaning that all goods that enter the UK from the EU willRead more

Keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The release of the new Westworld and Humans series may have offered some escapism over recent months. But as the march towards the fourth industrial revolution continues apace, science fiction is fast becoming science fact. As we edge closer to the technology of tomorrow, a fierce debate has emerged about whether the UK workforce isRead more

Theresa May’s toughest week: weakened but still standing

It has been quite a week in Westminster. Theresa May has cleared two vital parliamentary hurdles on the increasingly tortuous path towards Brexit, narrowly getting the Trade and Customs Bills through the Commons. But this came at a significant cost; to her personal authority, to the unity of the Conservative Party and to the credibilityRead more

What the Brexit white paper means for financial services

After a difficult few days of infighting over the ‘agreement’ on the UK’s negotiating stance reached at Chequers, government has published its long-awaited Brexit white paper. This sets out (some) detail on the UK’s vision for our relationship with the EU after Brexit. The paper was met with less than rapturous applause by MPs fromRead more