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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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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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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16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

  • Posted on 7th January 2016
16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

2015 was a significant year for climate and energy policy and markets: from the momentous Paris agreement to Obama’s continuing push on the Clean Power Plan; from the new British Government’s fresh (and controversial) energy approach to, at last, some stability for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which may have real implications for the longer-term.   But it’s now…

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Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

  • Posted on 7th August 2015
Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s flagship climate policy instrument aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at least economic cost and incentivising investment in the low-carbon economy, has been back in the news – for once in a positive sense.   A major structural reform, aimed at tackling the huge surplus of allowances built up in the ETS…

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Paving the way for a ‘circular economy’ in Europe

  • Posted on 10th July 2015

In a speech at the European Parliament plenary debate on Monday 6th July, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said that the Commission “remains strongly committed” to present a circular economy package towards the end of this year.  The reasons are quite simple: Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Vella, Commissioner Bienkowska, and others, essentially believe that the new circular economy…

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