Relax, Don’t Do It: David Davis And The Art Of Leadership

This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Another week, another Brexit rollercoaster for Theresa May.  She started the week on a high, revelling in her ‘unexpected’ success , with Parliamentarians forcing a vote on the eventual deal she will do.  The newspapers have worked themselves up into their usual lather.  If you believe all you read, the Government is reeling. But none of us … Continue reading Relax, Don’t Do It: David Davis And The Art Of Leadership

Duke Kunshan University appoints Newgate Communications

Duke Kunshan University appoints Newgate Communications to launch its under-graduate programme targeting UK and European students. New under-graduate courses aim to develop ‘globally-focused’ graduates who are able to excel in the jobs of tomorrow, in a world of shifting political landscapes and influenced increasingly by AI, robotics and quantum computing. Duke Kunshan University, a leading Sino-foreign university jointly set up by Duke University in the … Continue reading Duke Kunshan University appoints Newgate Communications

Making a Mess of Brexit – Gavin Devine writes for Housebuilder magazine

The article below is taken from the November edition of Housebuilder. Newgate Communications chief executive Gavin Devine argues that the government is making a mess of the Brexit negotiations to the delight of the EU. It’s time, he says, for the government to get a grip. As happens every year, the recent Party Conference season revealed much about the state of British politics.  Never mind … Continue reading Making a Mess of Brexit – Gavin Devine writes for Housebuilder magazine

Has the Conservative Government slammed the door on Foreign Investment?

The UK Government has today announced proposals to strengthen scrutiny of foreign investments in the UK.  It proposes to lower the value at which Ministers can intervene and scrutinise mergers and foreign investments. The Green Paper is the result of the Government’s review of the Enterprise Act 2002 and its powers in relation to foreign investment and national security. Short Term In the short term, … Continue reading Has the Conservative Government slammed the door on Foreign Investment?

The European Single Market is a Myth

by Simon Gentry, Head of Public Affairs I moved to Brussels in August 1990.  Everyone in the European Commission spoke French then.  The EU only had 12 member states.  Germany was just re-unifying. And the EC – as it was then – had just begun the great, visionary ‘1992’ project, intended to create a pan-Community, single market.  It was a bold and inspiring vision, a … Continue reading The European Single Market is a Myth

Merkel to return – but other certainties vanish in German election

The 2017 German federal election is in the books and it brought tectonic changes to a political system that has seen remarkable stability. While Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative CDU/CSU technically won the election and the Social Democrats (SPD), led by Martin Schulz remain the second strongest party, yesterday’s result might prove to be the ending point for the idea of the Volksparteien. The two … Continue reading Merkel to return – but other certainties vanish in German election

Brexit: What next for the UK food and farming sector?

A Newgate event with Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development As part of its ongoing communications work on Brexit, Newgate Communications jointly hosted a breakfast seminar with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) on the post-Brexit trading and regulatory landscape for the agri-food sector. The keynote speaker was Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, who gave his observations and … Continue reading Brexit: What next for the UK food and farming sector?

Talking to the 87 Percent: Why engaging with people outside London matters so much

The article below, by Newgate CEO Gavin Devine, originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Even though the UK General Election campaign has been underway from the moment Theresa May came back from her Easter walking holiday, it did not officially begin until Parliament was dissolved in the last few days.  So now seems like as good a moment as any to pause and look back … Continue reading Talking to the 87 Percent: Why engaging with people outside London matters so much

Britain unbound

Britain is indisputably European. Our culture, our way of life, our main religion, our history and, for most of us, our heritage are all European. And yet our experiment at European integration which began in 1972 will begin to draw to a close today when the UK’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, Sir Tim Barrow, delivers a letter to the President of the European … Continue reading Britain unbound

Worried about Trump, Le Pen is worse

Earlier this week I joined a debate, hosted by Roxhill Media and Herbert Smith Freehills, on how the events of 2016 should inform how companies communicate in 2017. A strong panel of Iain Dey, business editor of the Sunday Times, Dan Roberts, who has the interesting role of Brexit editor at The Guardian, and Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of The Economist, gave us a few … Continue reading Worried about Trump, Le Pen is worse