Exit negotiations

May’s ‘Plan for Britain’ tells us nothing about Brexit. That’s quite deliberate

Theresa May’s ‘Plan for Britain’ is remarkable for its lack of detail. It reads like any Conservative manifesto from the past few decades, and says nothing substantive about Brexit. But, says Simon Usherwood, this is precisely the intention. The Prime Minister wants to act with as little constraint as possible as negotiations with the r27 approach.

With little fanfare, the […]

Foreign direct investment will remain robust post-Brexit

The UK has been one of the top recipients of FDI among advanced economies and the biggest recipient of FDI flows into the EU. The long-term impact of Brexit is still subject to uncertainty. However, there are reasons to suppose that FDI into the UK will remain robust, especially by companies servicing UK and non-European markets, writes Laza Kekic.

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Video: Labour markets, welfare & the portability of rights

The world faces major uncertainties –  economic (another economic crisis?), political (instability in the Middle East), environmental (climate change), societal (population ageing) and technical (nuclear safety). To those, add uncertainties connected with Brexit and in connection with the new US administration. In the face of those uncertainties, the welfare state – one of whose major purposes is risk sharing […]

Britain stumbles towards a future association with the EU

The big Brexit picture is that the UK continues to stumble towards a future association agreement with the EU. Until Article 50 is triggered there will be no official recognition by the EU of this scenario, and the Westminster parliament has yet to get its head(s) around the concept. But experts are reading the runes, writes Andrew Duff.

The key […]

Predictions of Brexit’s impact on finserv have been greatly exaggerated

Brexit will devastate the City and harm European finance – or will it? Wolf-Georg Ringe thinks not. He points out that the EU has shown remarkable flexibility in the past as it tried to fend off financial meltdown. It has ignored state aid rules in order to bail out banks, for example. The deal eventually reached between the UK […]

Britain’s got bills – but will we pay? Settling our EU budget obligations

Settling our financial obligations to the EU could cost up to €6obn. Iain Begg explains why the figure is so high, looks at whether there is much scope for negotiation and asks what would happen if Britain simply refused to pay.

As many a preacher has declaimed, citing Timothy 6:10 from the Bible, ‘the love of money is the root […]

Will Brexit spell the end of the ECtHR, and the arrival of a British Bill of Rights?

Eurosceptics have long had the European Court of Human Rights in their sights. Soon the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is likely to disappear from the UK’s legal landscapes. Tobias Lock and Tom Gerard Daly argue that Brexit will make it easier for Eurosceptics to achieve their aim of replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights […]

International regulatory cooperation can ease a hard Brexit

Many observers are expecting a hard Brexit to take place. But what is the most likely outcome of the upcoming Brexit negotiations and how can the UK minimise any negative economic consequences? Robert Basedow argues that a ‘hard’ Brexit is unlikely to happen from a trade perspective, but suggests that a key priority should be to prevent non-tariff barriers […]

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    Logically flawed, morally indefensible: EU citizens in the UK are bargaining chips

Logically flawed, morally indefensible: EU citizens in the UK are bargaining chips

The rights of EU citizens living in the UK are not guaranteed. An amendment that would have given them post-Brexit rights regardless of the outcome of negotiations was voted down in the Commons. Ruvi Ziegler says the government’s argument – which says that by refusing to guarantee EU citizens’ rights, it is protecting British people living in the EU – is […]

Assessing the UK’s 12 Brexit goals: from the achievable to the nigh-on impossible

The government has set itself 12 goals as it prepares to begin Brexit negotiations – ranging from leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice to controlling migration and ensuring Scotland stays in the Union. Some are readily achievable, others nigh-on impossible, says Richard Rose. He assesses the likelihood of achieving each goal.

The government’s new White Paper on Brexit is optimistically […]