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

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

Beyond Brexit and Blazing a Trail Setting the Tory Party Alight

This week government has faced a series of hurdles in the race towards Brexit as the EU Withdrawal Bill continues its journey through both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. With the latest game of Brexit ping pong set to continue over the next few weeks, the government has had some successRead more

‘Repeal the 8th’ comes to Westminster

In the wake of Ireland’s landslide 66% to 34% decision to repeal the 8th amendment of the Bunreacht na h’Éireann, which had barred any move to liberalise abortion law, there has been increasing pressure for similar changes in Northern Ireland. This is a totemic red line for the DUP. Any move to make abortion legalRead more

Clean air and a sustainable future for aviation

Last week saw publication of the government’s latest Clean Air Strategy draft. The plans will impact a wide range of sectors, among them aviation. Aviation is a small part of the problem. Landings and take-offs generate around 1 per cent of nitrogen dioxide emissions, with land operations and transport to and from airports contributing more.Read more

Brexit Jargon: Customs Union, partnership, or facilitation?

With the Brexit negotiations reaching crunch time, the news has been full of speculation on the UK’s future customs relationship with the EU. This is the lynchpin of the Brexit deal and will affect everything from trade to immigration and, crucially, the Irish border. The government has consistently said that the UK will be leavingRead more