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

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

Northern Irish devolution: Some Assembly required

Before the Assembly collapsed in January this year – in the wake of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal – there were extraordinary scenes. In the days in December 2016 all the parties except the DUP left the Chamber as the First Minister, Arlene Foster, got up to defend her role in making the RHIRead 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