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….

What does 2019 have in store for the City?

A look ahead at 2019 by Newgate’s Gareth Jones and Henry Adefope. Introduction: A challenging year Will 2019 prove to be another challenging year for UK financial services? For those involved in banking, capital markets, asset management and insurance, the upcoming political and regulatory agenda suggests it will be. A year of potential disruption is…

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…

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The Perfect Application

The article below featured in the December edition of Housebuilder magazine. Newgate associate partner David Scane observes a scene that might be familar to many developers as the vagaries of the planning process scupper “the perfect application”. On a cold evening in September I sat in the public gallery of a local authority watching the…

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…

The Letwin Review: No Yeezy Answers

Written by David Scane, Associate Partner Newgate Communications Most people, when asked, will tell you that there are strikingly few comparisons to be made between Kanye West and Sir Oliver Letwin. However, it turns out that the two men share one vital thing in common- a love of releasing highly anticipated work with very little…

Conservative Conference Review: May survives to March

The dust is settling on another Conservative Party Conference. Against a backdrop of increasing tension over our future relationship with Brussels, most people expected a difficult few days for both prime minister and party. But that’s not what happened. The mood was business-like and calm. And although the main conference hall was often half-full, the…