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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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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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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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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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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