Scotland Referendum: What happens now?

We now know this morning that, despite a hard fought contest, Scotland has voted ‘No’ to independence in yesterday’s historic referendum. As everyone digests this news, here is a short guide to some of the key public policy consequences. Despite Scotland rejecting independence, there is set to be significant constitutional reform, which is likely to have on-going and far reaching consequences across the UK. This reform … Continue reading Scotland Referendum: What happens now?

Is Lord Hill’s appointment good news for the UK and the City of London, or an empty gesture from the EU?

The incoming European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced the allocation of Commission portfolios yesterday, and there was great surprise that Lord Hill was given a mandate for ‘financial stability, financial services and capital markets union’. David Cameron has welcomed the decision as a “great piece of news”, and the UK media is widely reporting that the outcome is a triumph, particularly in view of Cameron’s … Continue reading Is Lord Hill’s appointment good news for the UK and the City of London, or an empty gesture from the EU?

Businesses should be making contingency plans for a Miliband Government in 2015, but if Scotland votes for independence next week, all bets are off…

That was the advice from political journalist of the year, Fraser Nelson, speaking at Newgate Communications latest ‘View from the Bridge’ panel event on the upcoming general election and its possible consequences. Along with leading economist, Andrew Sentance (Senior Economic Adviser to PwC and former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member) and leading political pollster Ben Page (Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI), the panel … Continue reading Businesses should be making contingency plans for a Miliband Government in 2015, but if Scotland votes for independence next week, all bets are off…