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

Brexit, Brexit and more Brexit

The UK’s departure from the EU increasingly reflected acrimonious divorce proceedings this week, as the House of Commons debated the Bill to allow the government to trigger Article 50. Despite divides between and within parties, impassioned arguments on both sides and wrangling late into the night, the Commons voted overwhelmingly for the government “to getRead 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

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

O Canada (Plus)

With the Prime Minister’s landmark Brexit speech last week, commentators have dedicated a significant amount of time to the future of Britain’s trading relationships. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has indicated that the UK is in discussions with upwards of 12 nations regarding free trade deals. Arguably the most important deal to be stuck willRead more