Sacre bleu! Macron talks tough on Brexit

If you’re hoping to become the President of France, it’s probably a good idea to get the sixth largest French city on side. Emmanuel Macron certainly thought so, bringing his independent centrist campaign En Marche! to London on Tuesday in an attempt woo the 300,000 French voters living in the UK capital. Macron is undeniablyRead more

By-elections: what do they really tell us?

The importance of parliamentary by-elections can often be exaggerated by those observing – and winning – them. In reality, while the results can dominate news headlines for 24 hours, their longer term implications are usually more limited and they rarely fundamentally alter the political landscape. The leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron claimed atRead more

Wish upon a White Paper

As expected, the Brexit White Paper published today by the government largely mirrors last month’s Lancaster House speech by the Prime Minister. The pre-publication jokes on the White Paper’s expected content, including that it would be a three page red, white and blue document simply stating ‘Brexit means Brexit’, have been proved false. Yet, suchRead 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