Analysis

Brexit and the future of UK immigration policy

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16 Jan 2017
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Region: 
UK

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...

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

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12 Dec 2016
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
Asia,
Multilateral

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

Author: 
5 Dec 2016
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Regions: 
Americas,
Multilateral

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...

Trade Post-Brexit

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21 Nov 2016
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Region: 
Multilateral

In collaboration with Herbert Smith Freehills and The Boston Consulting Group, Global Counsel has co-authored a paper looking at the meaning and implications of a hard Brexit for businesses, aiming to help them understand the role they may play in shaping this or an alternative outcome.

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The power of procedure: how might the UK parliament shape Brexit?

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18 Nov 2016
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Region: 
UK

A contest for control of the Brexit process is playing out between the government and parliament in the UK. The complex, opaque rules of parliamentary procedure have suddenly become central to the ability of either side to dictate the tempo and content of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU....

Sizing up soft political risk

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3 Nov 2016
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Region: 
Multilateral

Soft political risks from changes to regulation, fiscal policies and the way legislation is enforced are now at least as important as hard risks from security threats, political instability and geopolitical tensions. Their prevalence in Europe and the United States means they are now a core...

The future of UK trade policy: the case for regulatory diplomacy

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9 Sep 2016
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Regions: 
UK,
Multilateral

It is widely accepted that services, and financial services in particular, are a key comparative advantage of the UK. A full quarter of UK services exports are financial or insurance services. This is an asset and a liability. Much of this financial services trade is potentially exposed to the...