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Global Counsel helps companies and investors across a wide range of sectors anticipate the ways in which politics, regulation and public policymaking create both risk and opportunity – and to develop and implement strategies to meet these challenges.

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Analysis

Brexit and the future of UK immigration policy

16 Jan 2017
Authors: 

Kirsty
Allan

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Tom
Smith

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has all but ruled out maintaining freedom of movement between the UK and EU post-Brexit. This implies a new migration system, providing recruitment challenges for a range of sectors from social care to agriculture. Businesses should now plan to adapt, but policy...

Who wants a universal basic income?

12 Jan 2017
Author: 

Gregor
Irwin

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Interest in a universal basic income is growing at both ends of the political spectrum, albeit for very different reasons. It is also attracting support, and some financial backing, from tech entrepreneurs. The flexibility of the concept explains why it has created such broad interest. It can...

China, the EU and ‘market economy status’: what happens now?

12 Dec 2016
Author: 

Guillaume
Ferlet

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Yesterday marked the deadline to solve the issue of China’s market economy status (MES) and yet nothing has changed in the EU rulebook. However, a reform package is on its way and will probably be agreed at some point in 2017. In the meantime, the EU will likely carry on as usual in anti-...

Trump, the Paris Agreement and the impact on climate change policy

5 Dec 2016
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Elizabeth
Beall

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US President-elect Donald Trump has wavered very little throughout his campaign in his stance on climate change – calling it a hoax and threatening to roll-back all regulations and funding supporting it. The Trump win in the midst of climate negotiations left many wondering just how far Trump...

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Is the ECJ judgement a big deal for a big EU-UK deal?

22 May 2017
Author: 

Stephen
Adams

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Last week’s ECJ judgement on the ‘mixity’ question in EU trade agreements was a big one for EU trade policy. The ECJ overturned the Advocate General and years of practice by declaring that almost all of the things the European Commission negotiates on in FTAs should be treated in this respect as the exclusive competence of the EU.

The British Conservatives: May in the middle

19 May 2017
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Jade
Rickman

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The election manifesto of the governing UK Conservative Party published yesterday was the most ambitious attempt to redefine British conservatism since the 1980s. It did this not by calling for radical policy change, but by ambitious repositioning and some big rhetorical departures.

Draghi’s monetary policy predicament

18 May 2017
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Gregor
Irwin

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If you want to understand the predicament facing ECB Governor Mario Draghi you need look no further than estimates of long-run real interest rates for the major eurozone economies.

Thinking out loud on globalisation

11 May 2017
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Gregor
Irwin

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The European Commission published this week its assessment of how the benefits of globalisation can be harnessed, while addressing the anxieties that are also created and which are impacting on political debates across Europe.

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