The French have chosen who they will decide between in the upcoming presidential run off. The last few weeks have caused many a blood pressure to rise with four vastly different candidates having a chance at winning, but now it is clear that Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron will go tête-à-tête in two week’sRead 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

Brussels, we’ve left the building

The original version of this article appeared in Real Deals.  Kicking off the Brexit process We’re officially on our way out. Article 50 has been formally triggered and what happens over the coming months will set the tone and style of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Donald Tusk has set the ball rolling forRead more

The Great Repeal Race

This spring, Her Majesty the Queen will outline the details of the Great Repeal Bill as she opens the new parliamentary session—opening up the throttle on a process with striking parallels to the current Formula 1 season. Granted the Berlaymont doesn’t quite conjure up the same images of grandeur as the Monte Carlo Casino andRead more

Trigger Happy

In January this year, Theresa May stood up in Lancaster House outlining her twelve negotiating priorities for Brexit talks, emphasising the need for a “new partnership” and finding a deal that worked for both sides. May did not shy away from tough rhetoric, threatening to walk away if she didn’t get the deal she wanted,Read 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