Membership vs access: Why words have meaning for the future of UK financial services and the Single Market

  • Posted on 26th July 2016
Membership vs access: Why words have meaning for the future of UK financial services and the Single Market

Some of the UK political instability following the EU Referendum in June is beginning to dissipate. A new Prime Minister, reshuffled Ministerial teams, and reshaped Government machinery are in place. A timetable of sorts for the next steps is beginning to form, ie. no triggering of Article 50 to commence the departure negotiations, during this calendar year, but likely early…

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What are the implications of Brexit for Tech firms operating in the UK?

  • Posted on 4th July 2016
What are the implications of Brexit for Tech firms operating in the UK?

More than a week on from the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the political vacuum at the top of both main UK political parties means that the country’s policy priorities and future direction remain unclear. However, against an uncertain background, some potential implications for the Tech sector can be foreseen:   1. Uncertainty over Tech recruitment and access to…

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Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

  • Posted on 30th June 2016
Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

Robots are rapidly gaining public visibility as their development accelerates in conjunction with recent innovations in the domains of artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine-to-machine and machine-to-human interaction. The annual increase in the uptake of industrial and service robots is rapidly becoming a subject of political debate both in national and European fora. There is currently no specific legislation in place…

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Brexit – Implications, what happens next and business considerations

  • Posted on 27th June 2016
Brexit – Implications, what happens next and business considerations

Events have moved very quickly over the weekend, and the timeline for events post the UK referendum on the EU is becoming clearer, if not yet the future scope of UK-EU relations or the eventual implications for politics, economy and business.   Implications   Leadership vacuum in Westminster: a leadership contest is underway in the governing Conservative Party, expected to…

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The UK Government energy policy in-tray: post-23 June

  • Posted on 15th June 2016
The UK Government energy policy in-tray: post-23 June

In the run-up to last Thursday’s EU referendum, policy direction, announcements and news flow dried up as the politicians became increasingly consumed with the debate. Following the tumultuous decision taken by the British people, this piece considers the in-tray that the Government – above all, DECC, but in addition other parts of Whitehall – needs to return to on energy…

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Out of the low growth trap: the limits of central bank power in boosting economic output

  • Posted on 6th June 2016
Out of the low growth trap: the limits of central bank power in boosting economic output

Last week’s gloomy Global Economic Outlook from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD) raises further questions on the degree of reliance placed by policymakers on monetary policy as an engine to boost output in a low growth, ultra-low inflation, economic environment. Markit Economics’ recent study of combined PMI indicators for the UK and the Eurozone indicated growth…

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The CMA Interim Report on Remedies: A more competitive UK retail banking sector or missed opportunity?

  • Posted on 27th May 2016
The CMA Interim Report on Remedies: A more competitive UK retail banking sector or missed opportunity?

Last week’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) set of interim recommendations on the UK retail banking sector represents the culmination of nearly two years work from the new competition regulator analysing plans for structural, market, and anti-trust reform of the industry. It is important to remember the political context which gave rise to the enquiry. Firstly, campaigns against high rates…

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Back to the Future: Queen’s Speech plans to boost savings among low-paid and younger people

  • Posted on 18th May 2016
Back to the Future: Queen’s Speech plans to boost savings among low-paid and younger people

One of the Government’s themes for the Queen’s Speech for the 2016-17 Parliamentary session is improving life chances for the British people. Through the measures on the digital economy, transport and infrastructure, the Government’s intention is to make long-term social and economic reforms the focus of the remainder of this Parliament. Whether in practice that will happen with the aftermath…

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What would Brexit mean for the investment climate in the financial sector?

  • Posted on 13th May 2016
What would Brexit mean for the investment climate in the financial sector?

With just six weeks left to go, the battle over the UK’s continued membership of the European Union is rising in volume and intensity. A key issue for investors in UK-traded financial services products and markets is undoubtedly what effects the decision made on June 23 will have on the climate for purchasing or retaining bonds, equities or other assets…

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The Single Rulebook and why it matters for financial services in the UK

  • Posted on 27th April 2016
The Single Rulebook and why it matters for financial services in the UK

One of the key policy responses to the financial crisis which led to the Great Recession was the subsequent action taken by EU Heads of Government through the European Council in June 2009 to strengthen the regulatory system governing all financial services providers within the Single Market area. In establishing a new European Banking Authority (EBA), within a European System…

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