The UK Government’s bid for a customs arrangement with the EU

  • Posted on 24th August 2017
The UK Government’s bid for a customs arrangement with the EU

The UK Government has released a position paper stating its desire for a future customs arrangement with the EU27. The release of this paper before an agreement on the EU’s priority areas is a statement from the UK that it is determined to start talks on the issue. This is despite the EU’s requirement that priority areas of citizens’ rights,…

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Dockless Bike-Sharing: the next regulatory quagmire

  • Posted on 15th August 2017
Dockless Bike-Sharing: the next regulatory quagmire

This summer, Londoners will have noticed the addition of new bicycles parked in various locations across Britain’s capital. Closer inspection of these bikes reveals that they are ‘oBikes’ – a bicycle which you can unlock with an app on your phone and use at very little cost, without the need to park at docking stations. This is the premise of…

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What does the Industrial Strategy say about a low carbon strategy in the UK?

  • Posted on 9th February 2017
What does the Industrial Strategy say about a low carbon strategy in the UK?

To a rather muted fanfare, the British Government published its industrial strategy green paper last month. As far as the energy and climate change audience were concerned, in the run-up to the publication of the strategy, the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Department (BEIS) – a department still in its infancy – was essentially facing two challenges: would it showcase…

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17 for ’17: Climate and energy policy issues to track in 2017

  • Posted on 16th January 2017
17 for ’17: Climate and energy policy issues to track in 2017

The energy sector – driven by climate policies and regulation and the technology revolution – is undergoing a transformation. As Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, said in introducing the IEA’s annual World Energy Outlook in November 2017: “…there is no single story about the future of global energy…”   Here‘s what to look out for in 2017 on climate…

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Full steam ahead for the EU in 2017 on Banking Regulation and Capital Markets Union

  • Posted on 19th December 2016
Full steam ahead for the EU in 2017 on Banking Regulation and Capital Markets Union

2017 is set to be a year of acceleration in the pace of regulation of the financial services sector at global and European levels. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) is making steady progress on plans including a leverage ratio surcharge for global systemically important institutions (G-SIIs). The Financial Stability Board (FSB) is also consulting on guiding principles and…

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The international climate change agenda: prospects going into 2017

  • Posted on 22nd November 2016
The international climate change agenda: prospects going into 2017

2016 has built on the momentum of the Paris Agreement. But the election of Donald Trump in the US has placed question-marks over whether this momentum can be maintained, or if recent progress will be derailed. At the conclusion of COP 22 in Marrakesh, this analysis piece considers the state-of-play and the prospects for 2017.   The run-up to COP…

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Does the global aviation emissions agreement sustain the momentum of the Paris agreement? Or does it detract from it?

  • Posted on 20th October 2016
Does the global aviation emissions agreement sustain the momentum of the Paris agreement? Or does it detract from it?

On 6 October, a new acronym was introduced to the world of aviation and climate change. CORSIA – the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – is the outcome of what many in the aviation industry have described as an “historic agreement” to tackle the burgeoning problem of aviation emissions.   This article considers whether it is as…

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Article 50 notification: much needed clarity or pathway to harder Brexit?

  • Posted on 4th October 2016
Article 50 notification: much needed clarity or pathway to harder Brexit?

The clamour for clarity from the Government on its Brexit intentions has finally produced two important announcements from the Prime Minister and senior Cabinet Ministers at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham: first, setting a deadline on the end of March 2017 for the official notification of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU to the European Council (the…

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Crowdfunding: Maturing with Regulation

  • Posted on 1st September 2016
Crowdfunding: Maturing with Regulation

In July, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – the body that regulates loan-based and investment-based crowdfunding in the UK – launched a ‘call for input’ on the current rules applied to crowdfunding in the UK. The review comes two years after the FCA first took over regulatory responsibilities for this burgeoning sector. In the FCA’s own words, they “want to…

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