Brexit – A Very British Coup

Written by Dafydd Rees Politics has never shown itself to be more stubborn or sly, so why is business not more publicly concerned or the markets in meltdown? Could it be because we are all living in a state of collective denial about the momentous events taking place at Westminster. And there lies the danger….

Brexit: Time Is Not On Our Side

By Dafydd Rees If you are looking for some sense of perspective of how far the UK’s collective corporate reputation has fallen this festive season, just watch the anchors on international news TV channels grappling with the bizarre political machinations at Westminster. Here’s a flavour of some of the questions from bemused US TV news…

Political Briefing: December 2018

Political Briefing from Newgate’s public affairs team Based on what we know today, Theresa May will be unable to win majority support in the House of Commons for the deal that she has negotiated with the European Commission. The legal situation, however, is clear; under Article 50 and the domestic legislation connected to it, the…

We’re in a mess. Is there a way out?

By Dafydd Rees Theresa May’s plan for leaving the EU has taken two years to put together. It has taken 48 hours for it to fall apart. Despite the confidence of many Brexiteers during the 2016 Referendum Campaign, leaving the EU was always going to be a painful and protracted process. But now we are…

Brexit deal: What happens now?

By Gareth Jones, Associate Partner In dramatic circumstances, a spate of Cabinet and ministerial resignations have taken place this morning – including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey. This comes less than 24 hours after the Prime Minister had presented the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement, seemingly with agreement from her…

Newgate Budget 2018 Summary

Budget summary: Key takeaways A very political budget Philip Hammond has delivered his third Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer and the last one before Britain leaves the EU. His statement was made against the backdrop of political uncertainty, as Brexit negotiations enter a critical phase and the government is under pressure to agree a…

When will politics return to normal?

Both the main political parties in Britain appear to be close to tearing themselves apart. Will politics ever return to ‘normal’ or is political balance behind us forever? The Parliamentary Labour Party is at very considerable odds with both the leadership and most of Labour’s members.  While Theresa May and most of her loyal MPs…

George Robinson joins Newgate

George Robinson joins fast-growing Newgate Communications as an Associate Partner in the public affairs practice on 9 July from Abellio UK, where he was Head of Policy and Communications, reporting to the Board. He’ll be working on a range of clients including the agency’s most recent new business win, plastic recycling leader, Diebold Nixdorf. Known…

Plymouth – Labour’s big victory?

It is telling that it was Plymouth rather than London where Jeremy Corbyn chose to spend the morning of May 4th. Despite expectations that Labour would take control of at least one of Barnet, Wandsworth or Westminster councils, their big victory on the night came in the south west. Standing on Plymouth Hoe, Corbyn declared…