Brexit Briefing – September 2017

With Britain’s formal exit from the European Union in March 2019 looming just 18 months away, we take a look at progress and developments in the Brexit process over the past month. A Brexit vision gradually emerges DExEU has published no fewer than eleven new papers in the last month which are gradually providing aRead more

Have your trade and eat it

In an attempt to move Brexit talks along, the UK government has released a series of position papers outlining its stance on issues crucial to negotiations. The papers range in topic (and depth) and have so far received a mixed response from policy makers and business leaders alike. For the UK investment market, one ofRead more

Scots on the rocks: Independence and the SNP

If you are suffering election fatigue, spare a thought for Scotland. Since 2014 Scotland has held one important vote after another with the independence referendum in 2014, the general election in 2015, the EU referendum and Scottish parliamentary elections in 2016, and local elections and a fresh general election in 2017. Over this period weRead more

With big data comes big responsibility

With big data comes big responsibility Every week we’re seeing new warnings about how Brexit will impact different parts of the UK economy. Proposed changes to data protection rules have been highlighted as the latest concern after the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee published a report last week calling for “unhindered and uninterrupted”Read more

Barnier’s backbone?: How the UK is losing the public war over Brexit

The British press is down on David Davis and his Brexit negotiation team. Open the paper (or the app on your smartphone) and you’ll see reports and opinion pieces criticising strategy, preparedness and positions. Barnier’s EU team, on the other hand, looks ready for whatever comes their way, whether that is broad discussion on principlesRead more

Copy & paste: the Brexit Bills begin

The government yesterday took a significant step in the process of taking the UK out of the European Union, publishing its first major Brexit Bill. The much-anticipated Repeal Bill, now formally known as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, received its first reading in the House of Commons.   Described as the Prime Minister’s “flagship BrexitRead 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