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Analysis

British trade policy after Brexit: ruthless prioritisation required

15 Aug 2016
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Gregor
Irwin

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UK trade policy will require ruthless prioritisation if scarce diplomatic resources are to be deployed to the best possible effect. We provide advice based on a series of metrics. The US and China should be the top priorities, although for different reasons. The government should not spend too...

UK energy policy and Brexit

5 Aug 2016
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Matthew
Duhan

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Brexit has the potential to increase significantly the UK’s autonomy in making energy and climate change policy. How much will largely depend on the prior question of what, if any, relationship the UK has with the EU’s internal energy market. Broadly, there are three options: membership, access...

The exit option: How contagious could Brexit be?

1 Aug 2016
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Stephen
Adams

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Roberto
Robles

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The UK referendum vote on leaving the EU is reverberating across EU politics in a range of ways. Economic and market volatility has brought to the boil a simmering banking crisis in Italy. The huge implications of British exit for the Republic of Ireland have triggered a febrile debate on...

UK trade policy and Brexit

27 Jul 2016
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Stephen
Adams

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Daniel
Capparelli

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Among the many implications of a UK exit from the EU is a fundamental change to the way that the UK makes and implements trade policy. As part of the EU, the UK’s trade policy is effectively set by the EU’s common commercial policy. The UK shares a single external tariff regime with the EU – a...

Blog

Litmus test: the UK obesity strategy and government intervention

18 Aug 2016
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Leo
Ringer

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On school exam results day, in mid-August, while politicians relax on holiday and the Olympic Games dominates headlines, the UK Government has published its long-awaited strategy for tackling childhood obesity.

Staying on the plane

18 Aug 2016
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Guillaume
Ferlet

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Alok Sharma’s first visit to China this week as the UK’s new Minister for Asia and the Pacific has been somewhat overshadowed by tensions over the Hinkley point investment. Sharma will no doubt have gone equipped with reassurances that the UK is still committed to a strong relationship with China, including the promise that new Prime Minister Theresa May will make the trip to the G20 in Hangzhou next month.

The $200bn cost of Brexit

29 Jul 2016
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Gregor
Irwin

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Almost four weeks on from the vote to leave the EU and the FTSE 250 has edged back up to just 0.4% below where it started before the polls closed, while the FTSE 100 has surged by 6.5%. Does this mean that all is well in the UK economy and Brexit is not that big a deal after all? 

The Barnier Code: diplomacy by patronage reveals a more pragmatic Juncker 

27 Jul 2016
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Tom
White

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Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has followed Theresa May in making a provocative and eye-catching appointment. This is partly to compensate for negotiations on both sides beginning to resemble a slow bicycle race, with neither side incentivised to reveal their objectives.

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