WA Queen’s Speech analysis: A right royal mess?

The government’s legislative programme for the next two years was announced at the Queen’s Speech a short time ago.  The unusually extended (two year) parliamentary session testifies to the size of the Brexit task, with complex and controversial legislation demanding extra time and careful scheduling to move through Parliament.  The speech itself had been delayedRead more

Brexit means Brexit: What impact will the general election have on the UK’s exit from the EU?

No sooner had Theresa May called for a snap election than pundits began offering diametrically opposed interpretations of what it means for Brexit. What commentators forgot in the immediate aftermath of the announcement is that May is a careful, methodical and consistent politician. Her vision of what Brexit looks like was mapped out in herRead more

Here we go again

The collective sigh that went up in all corners of the Westminster Village on Tuesday morning was audible, like the last breaths of air escaping an already deflated balloon. The prospect of another popular vote so hot on the heels of the last is a wearying one. The current crop of MPs face returning toRead more

The Brexit betrayal or a sense of reality?

Earlier this month, the government’s rhetoric on Brexit signalled its ongoing commitment towards delivering a hard exit from the EU. Theresa May warned EU leaders that no deal was better than a bad deal, and the ambition of reducing net migration to the UK to the ‘tens of thousands’ by 2020 was a non-negotiable principleRead more

Brussels, we’ve left the building

The original version of this article appeared in Real Deals.  Kicking off the Brexit process We’re officially on our way out. Article 50 has been formally triggered and what happens over the coming months will set the tone and style of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Donald Tusk has set the ball rolling forRead more

Brewing up a storm: Sturgeon’s bid for indyref2

This month, we have seen the debate on Scotland’s independence remerge as Nicola Sturgeon indicated intentions to agree a section 30 order with the UK government, effectively creating the pathway for another referendum. Sturgeon has made clear she wants to hold a vote sometime between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019, allowing Scots to decide theirRead more