Can MPs stop a no-deal Brexit?

“There will be opportunities for us when parliament returns in September to stop no-deal”. The words of Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth echo what many MPs have publicly stated as they seek to advert a no-deal Brexit. Is this true? Well, that is far from certain. It is true that Parliament has plenty of options to break the resistance of a Prime Minister committed to a no-deal Brexit, including revoking Article 50, declaring no confidence in the sitting Prime Minister,...

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Jack Sansum 20th Aug, 2019 Insight
Brexit , Politics , UK Politics
2 min read

EU response to Johnson

Any speculation that Boris Johnson would tone down his rhetoric on his commitment to a 31 October Brexit date upon taking office has been shut down emphatically. Since his appointment last week, Johnson appointed a raft of Brexiters to his Cabinet, installed Vote Leave guru Dominic Cummings as special adviser and has hammered home his intention during every speaking opportunity. Despite this, the reality is that arithmetic in Parliament has not changed and there is little appetite for a...

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Joe Berkhout 7th Aug, 2019 Insight
Brexit , EU , europe , Politics , UK Politics
3 min read

UK’s New Government: What Do We Now Know? Analysis from David Laws

It’s only a matter of days into the new Boris Johnson government. What do we now know about the direction that Boris Johnson has set? It's a whole new government, not just a reshuffle As we have ourselves long expected, the UK has an entirely new government, not merely a lightly reshuffled top team. We have a new PM, with a very different personality to that of Theresa May. Half the previous Cabinet has been sacked, and of those who remain in power most have changed jobs. The new...

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David Laws 26th Jul, 2019 Insight
Boris , Brexit , Government , No deal
3 min read

Using Parliamentary Select Committees to shape policy and raise profile

Since the UK’s decision to leave the EU, businesses, trade associations and the third sector have experienced a sustained period of uncertainty. It is not just the Groundhog Day feeling generated by the process that is frustrating, but the lack of a domestic agenda in Parliament. The legislative process has noticeably slowed. A combination of Brexit and a minority Conservative Government has made any prospect of initiating transformative change in crucial areas such as health and education...

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Joe Cormack 6th Feb, 2019 Insight
Brexit , Politics , Select Committee
3 min read

Four Top Tips for Government Affairs’ Teams in 2019

The long list of challenges facing businesses in 2019 may seem overwhelming to many business leaders and their Boards. Brexit, quite aside from a challenging economic climate, provides a huge amount of uncertainty, creating huge unknowns from trade and customs, people and the movement of labour and governance and reporting to the regulation of goods and innovation and assumed increases in the cost of doing business. Businesses are doing their best to plan for all scenarios, but there is...

What does 2019 have in store for health and social care?

*Disclaimer, Brexit is only mentioned twice in this blog!   One of the reasons I enjoy working in health and social care policy so much – beyond the obvious gratification you get from knowing you are working in a sector that is literally saving lives – is that it is fast paced and always changing. These changes can be small and come in the shape of new technologies or treatments, or they can be more fundamental and far reaching, like a new funding settlement...

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Andy Peel 17th Jan, 2019 Strategy
Brexit , Health , Social Care
4 min read

Brexit Perceptions : A View From Europe

As the UK's exit from Europe continues to consume the country, reactions acrossthe EU have ranged from exasperation to indifference. Politically, EU leaders have remained largely united, particularly on the indivisibility of the four freedoms that characterise the single market. Economically, despite varying dependence on the UK, member states have generally been happy to follow the lead of France and Germany on these issues. This is typical, as both France and Germany usually have dominant...

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Joe Berkhout 10th Jan, 2019 Strategy
Brexit
3 min read

Knowing May, Knowing You

At the start of September, we wrote about Theresa May’s diplomatic dancing. This week you’ll have seen she’s been playing the ‘dancing queen’ once again at the Conservative Party Conference. Many praised the Prime Minister’s keynote conference speech for showing more...

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Charlotte Stockton 4th Oct, 2018 Insight
Brexit , Digital , General News
2 min read