How EU migrants have propped up Britain’s social care

Last week NIESR published new research for the Cavendish Coalition on the implications of Brexit for the health and social care sector.  Their conclusions are stark:  Brexit is likely to lead to a substantial shortfall in nurses and doctors which needs to be urgently addressed by new immigration policy, writes Heather Rolfe (NIESR). However, while the implications … Read moreHow EU migrants have propped up Britain’s social care

We must not pay the EU’s ransom unless and until all outstanding issues are satisfactorily settled

Theresa May’s negotiating technique with the EU has been to go in announcing red lines she wouldn’t accept, then – as soon as she found that she wouldn’t get them – to throw herself in front of the EU steamroller appealing to better natures the EU hasn’t got. The calculation must have been that by … Read moreWe must not pay the EU’s ransom unless and until all outstanding issues are satisfactorily settled

#StandUp4Brexit: Our MPs will only vote for the Lancaster House vision of Brexit

On the BrexitCentral podcast this week I spoke to Beccy and Helen from #StandUp4Brexit. Despite all the media attention, the small team have no office and instead work from any pub or cafe around Westminster that has decent WiFi. The campaign now has 51 MPs lined up to oppose Theresa May’s Brexit deal and they … Read more#StandUp4Brexit: Our MPs will only vote for the Lancaster House vision of Brexit

It is time the Conservative and Labour parties united in support of a Canada+++ deal

What is going to happen if the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal fails to secure parliamentary support? Are we really facing a catastrophic “no deal” scenario? Very probably not. “No deal” – at least in its extreme form – is so obviously in nobody’s interest that it is very unlikely to happen. It is much more … Read moreIt is time the Conservative and Labour parties united in support of a Canada+++ deal

Global Britain: The Future of UK Sanctions Policy

Sanctions under scrutiny The House of Commons Foreign Affairs committee has launched an inquiry into the future of UK sanctions policy to “explore and evaluate” different options for the UK’s approach to sanctions policy after leaving the EU. In launching the inquiry the committee underlines that “Sanctions are an essential instrument of foreign policy, enabling … Read moreGlobal Britain: The Future of UK Sanctions Policy

Ministers should not believe a resolution to the bogus ‘backstop’ problem clears the way to a deal

It’s impossible to know for certain what deal the Prime Minister and her advisers are planning to spring on the Cabinet, Parliament and the country over the coming days; all that’s for sure is that they are, we are told, about to come up with something. The signals have, however, been clear enough, so that … Read moreMinisters should not believe a resolution to the bogus ‘backstop’ problem clears the way to a deal

Central and Eastern Europe after Brexit: fear of domination, fear of abandonment

Where does Brexit leave Central and Eastern Europe? On the one hand, it pulls the centre of EU gravity eastwards, further away from the Atlantic. On the other, it leaves the region vulnerable on its eastern frontier. Alina Bârgăoanu (Harvard) explains why these states feel abandoned and fear domination by Germany. The Euractiv journalist Peter Wilding … Read moreCentral and Eastern Europe after Brexit: fear of domination, fear of abandonment

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