EU Withdrawal Bill: What Next?

MPs will today begin the first of eight days of Committee Stage deliberation of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill repeals the 1972 European Communities Act which took the UK into the EU. It also transposes existing EU legislation into domestic UK law, to ensure a smooth transition on the day after the UK leaves the European Union. Almost 500 amendments have been tabled by … Continue reading EU Withdrawal Bill: What Next?

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

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

Brexit may yet unleash the Welsh Dragon’s Roar

The Referendum vote on 23 June was not a calamitous vote to self-harm as characterised by the Welsh political class, but a vote which may yet unleash the Welsh dragon’s roar. By Tomos Davies, Associate Partner and former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Wales. This St David’s Day, Welsh men and women throughout Wales and across the world will be celebrating our unique … Continue reading Brexit may yet unleash the Welsh Dragon’s Roar

Theresa May sets out her Brexit stall

Having been rather coy so far about the Brexit deal she will be aiming for, Theresa May finally lifted the veil today. She did not reveal all the details of her negotiating position ahead of the formal triggering of article 50 in two months’ time — nor should she – as that would merely have compromised her negotiating strategy. But after her big set piece … Continue reading Theresa May sets out her Brexit stall

Richmond Park by-election: Lib Dems are back – Zac’s cracked

By-elections are usually only of interest to political commentators and obsessives, but this morning’s news that Zac Goldsmith has lost his seat to the Liberal Democrats feels particularly dramatic. This has been made all the more newsworthy by the fact the Lib Dem candidate, Sarah Olney, has been successful in running an anti-Brexit campaign to defeat the pro-Brexit sitting MP. Goldsmith, who resigned as a … Continue reading Richmond Park by-election: Lib Dems are back – Zac’s cracked

Will the High Court ruling on Article 50 lead to an early general election?

Today’s landmark decision by the High Court – that the UK government does not have the power to trigger Article 50 without a Parliamentary vote – could have profound consequences on the terms and timescales of the UK’s exit from the EU as well as creating wider implications for the UK constitution. The Court accepted the legal challenge from fund manager Gina Miller, who argued … Continue reading Will the High Court ruling on Article 50 lead to an early general election?

Chancellor tells UK businesses to hold on tight on the Brexit Rollercoaster

Today the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, gave his speech at Conservative Party Conference, in which he warned that the UK economy is facing a period “of a couple of years, or perhaps even longer” of turbulence and uncertainty as Britain begins the process of leaving the European Union and negotiates its future relationship with the trading bloc. He announced that UK Government’s fiscal policy would have … Continue reading Chancellor tells UK businesses to hold on tight on the Brexit Rollercoaster

Brexit: Now What?

So, now what? Britain has voted for Brexit. David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister. Markets are experiencing high levels of volatility and the UK is now entering a period of immense political and economic uncertainty. In these precarious times, Newgate Communications latest ‘View from the Bridge’ event attempted to provide some insight into what comes next, with an expert panel of political, financial and … Continue reading Brexit: Now What?

Brexit: what happens next if we vote to leave?

As the EU Referendum campaign enters its final phase, opinion polls are suggesting a close outcome.  A Leave vote is very much a possibility, and whilst there has been a lot of heat and noise about what this might mean, there has been little useful advice given about what would then happen in practice. In simple terms, a vote to Leave will trigger a period … Continue reading Brexit: what happens next if we vote to leave?