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Analysis

Brexit and the future of UK immigration policy

16 Jan 2017
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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
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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 EU a pragmatist or a purist on insurance equivalence?

23 Jan 2017
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Carmen
Bell

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There has been quite a lot of media coverage of the recently finalised negotiations between the EU and the US Department of Treasury and Federal Insurance Office on a “covered agreement” for (re)insurance services. Notable features of the deal include the national, uniform treatment of collateral requirements, exchange of regulatory information between leading supervisors and mutual recognition of financial oversight regimes. This last point in particular couldn’t be more topical.

At the front of a very slow queue

23 Jan 2017
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Gregor
Irwin

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British Prime Minister Theresa May goes to Washington this week to meet President Trump, with the aim of securing a strong public commitment to conclude a trade deal at the earliest opportunity. For Trump, this is partly about politics and the desire to differentiate himself from former President Obama, who told the British people they would be at the back of the queue for a US trade deal. For May, it is about demonstrating the UK has outside options should the Brexit negotiation go wrong, while going some way to meeting the high expectations for an independent UK trade policy set during the referendum campaign.

All (climate) politics is local

20 Jan 2017
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Matthew
Duhan

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As the Davos elite gather in the shadow of the Trump inauguration, much of the talk is of uncertainty over the future of globalisation. Some Davos sessions highlight the very real fears that the new mood could see politicians privilege the national and local at the expense of the multilateral and global, with damaging impacts on future climate policy.

Brexit begins now

19 Jan 2017
Author: 

Gregor
Irwin

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Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech has provided much needed clarity about the British approach to Brexit. It has reset the baseline for the negotiation by taking the UK out of the single market. 

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