Theresa May’s Brexit roadmap: What does it actually mean?

A hallmark of Theresa May’s government to date has been the creation of policy vacuums which allow others, usually her opponents, to shape the political narrative. In this context, today’s speech from the Prime Minister on Brexit was essential to regain the initiative – from those both in Europe and domestically who have a differentRead more

Appraising vaccines in the UK – what’s worth a shot?

Ever since the first vaccination at the end of the 18th century (using fluid from a cowpox blister no less), the debate about vaccines has remained highly complex and emotive. The petition in the last parliament calling for wider access to the Meningitis B vaccination in the UK is the third largest petition the parliamentaryRead more

The Government’s approach to Brexit – A roadmap to what?

Boris Johnson this week kicked-off a series of speeches by senior members of Government over the next fortnight, aimed at setting out a “Roadmap to Brexit”. It was not the greatest start. The Foreign Secretary used Valentine’s Day to issue a rallying cry to those on both sides of the Brexit debate. He warned againstRead more

Can pharma get the right treatment? Brexit and the pharmaceutical industry

As Brexit draws closer, sectors are coming to terms with the implications of what separation may mean. The pharmaceutical industry was not one that attracted vast attention at the start of the negotiating process, with banking and farming taking up more column inches. However, as time has progressed the press, politicians and the sector itselfRead more

The EU Withdrawal Bill: To kill, or not to kill? That is the question…

Last week saw the highly contentious EU Withdrawal Bill pass from the House of Commons to the House of Lords in what was widely agreed to have been a smooth passage for the Bill. However, with its second reading set to take place early next week in one of the largest and most Europhilic parliamentaryRead more

Industrial Strategy: big vision and Grand Challenges but does the policy match the ambition?

It was long (nearly 250 pages), at times repetitive and much of the content was either announced at the Budget or is a restatement of existing policies or strategies. But the Government’s long awaited Industrial Strategy was nevertheless one of the most significant documents published by Theresa May’s Government to date. This is, first andRead more

But her emails!: Could an email be about to bring down the Irish Government? And what does it mean for the UK?

It was announced last week that a vote of no confidence motion in the Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister), Frances Fitzgerald TD, is to be tabled in the Dáil Éireann by Fianna Fáil, the second largest party in the Irish Parliament. Sinn Féin had already said they would table a similar motion earlier on Thursday lastRead more