Brexit spells the end of Erasmus for UK students

By Isabelle Smurfitt On 24 December 2020, Britain announced its departure from the Erasmus programme, having been a key partner since its inception in 1987. This disappointing news came at the end of a year where young people’s education had already been severely disrupted. Erasmus is an EU exchange programme that allows millions of young…

2021: A new post-Brexit era for the City

By Gareth Jones This week represents the first working week for financial services firms operating under the UK’s new post-Brexit regime, in what promises to be a new era for the City of London. Although some of the key decisions about what a post-Brexit future will look like for financial services have yet to be taken. The…

The politics of the Brexit deal

By Gareth Jones Rumours have been flying around today that a post-Brexit trade deal is imminent. With less than a month to go before the transition period expires, UK and EU negotiators in London have been locked in talks, aiming to come to an agreement on the last remaining contentious issues – fishing rights in…

Brexit: light at the end of the tunnel?

By Tom Parker, SEC Newgate Deputy CEO and British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium President, with Adam Koves, EU Trade Policy Consultant at Cambre Associates Rumour has it that a deal is brewing in London and Brussels. Some are still pinning their hopes on the success of intense, “tunnel” negotiations. However, businesses are starting to…

‘Pandrexit’ – a golden opportunity?

By Anthony Hughes With all that is going on in the world at the moment, the autumn weather settling in with a vengeance, the introduction of a new lockdown and reports of a ‘W’ shaped-recession, it is hard not feel a little gloomy. In the UK, our own particular brand of perfect storm, ‘Pandemic +…

‘Good as gold’, ‘sinking like lead’ or ‘drinking to forget’? The UK’s prospects for an FTA with Australia

The second negotiating round with Australia kicked off yesterday (21 September) while the Agriculture Bill is having a showdown in Parliament. Sabine Tyldesley outlines why they are linked.  After Secretary of State for Trade Liz Truss hailed the success of an historic free trade agreement agreed with Japan in early September, the spotlight has now shifted to friends on the…

International (dis)agreement: Northern Ireland, Brexit and US Trade

Ciaran Gill looks at how the Internal Market Bill going through Parliament at the moment could impact the UK’s chances of securing a trade deal with the US If someone had decided to completely cocoon themselves from the news for a fortnight, they’d be forgiven for thinking that their subsequent engagement with the latest developments in…

Parliament debates Internal Market Bill

By Gareth Jones, Public Affairs In what may seem like news from a different era, the government is tonight facing a potential backbench parliamentary rebellion over Brexit. The United Kingdom Internal Market Bill will be debated at Second Reading later today, amid growing concern among some MPs about measures in the bill that could break…