Brexit briefing 14th August

What has happened in the last month? The ‘divorce bill’ has been a key feature of discussions, with a figure being floated within the UK Government of £36bn according to The Times. Labour divisions over Brexit showed. Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner set out a Brexit vision outside the Single Market and Customs Union,Read more

Scots on the rocks: Independence and the SNP

If you are suffering election fatigue, spare a thought for Scotland. Since 2014 Scotland has held one important vote after another with the independence referendum in 2014, the general election in 2015, the EU referendum and Scottish parliamentary elections in 2016, and local elections and a fresh general election in 2017. Over this period weRead more

Same stakes, different leverage: a look at transatlantic trade post-Brexit

You may have seen a flurry of stories this week fretting over chlorinated chicken and GMOs flooding into the UK from the US. This was perhaps not the reaction Liam Fox had hoped for in his recent visit to the country, where he was discussing a proposed new transatlantic deal. Uncoincidentally, these stories bear aRead more

Barnier’s backbone?: How the UK is losing the public war over Brexit

The British press is down on David Davis and his Brexit negotiation team. Open the paper (or the app on your smartphone) and you’ll see reports and opinion pieces criticising strategy, preparedness and positions. Barnier’s EU team, on the other hand, looks ready for whatever comes their way, whether that is broad discussion on principlesRead more

Gone by Christmas. But which one?

Theresa May is doomed. Probably. Possibly. Having lost her parliamentary majority in the biggest political gamble since the Brexit referendum, it seemed to be a matter of months, even weeks, until there was a new face in Downing Street. And yet she remains, seemingly with plans to govern for a full term. Theresa May needRead more

Copy & paste: the Brexit Bills begin

The government yesterday took a significant step in the process of taking the UK out of the European Union, publishing its first major Brexit Bill. The much-anticipated Repeal Bill, now formally known as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, received its first reading in the House of Commons.   Described as the Prime Minister’s “flagship BrexitRead more

WA Queen’s Speech analysis: A right royal mess?

The government’s legislative programme for the next two years was announced at the Queen’s Speech a short time ago.  The unusually extended (two year) parliamentary session testifies to the size of the Brexit task, with complex and controversial legislation demanding extra time and careful scheduling to move through Parliament.  The speech itself had been delayedRead more