Analysis

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

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...

British trade policy after Brexit: ruthless prioritisation required

Author: 
15 Aug 2016
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

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

Author: 
5 Aug 2016
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

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...

Dealing with political risk: What FTSE-100 companies say

Author: 
14 Jun 2016
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK,
Asia,
ASEAN,
Russia & CIS,
Americas,
Africa,
Multilateral

Political risk takes many forms and is not easily defined, but it is high and rising by just about any standard. Governments are under pressure or have been forced out of office in countries as far apart as Venezuela, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand. Armed conflicts have...

Firm foundations? UK residential property investment and the Housing and Planning Act

Author: 
19 May 2016
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Region: 
UK

Following a slow but ultimately successful passage through Parliament, the centrepiece of the UK government’s housing reform agenda has received Royal Assent. Through its explicit prioritisation of ownership over rental, the Housing and Planning Act legislates for the government’s ambition to...