Right-wing populists threaten business interests in liberal democracies

Right-wing populism is transforming the relationship between business and politics in capitalist democracies. “F*ck business” – Boris Johnson’s remark makes bluntly clear that the era when business and big banks were said to run the world is over. With the advent of Brexit and Trump, interest in populism has surged, but relatively little is known … Read moreRight-wing populists threaten business interests in liberal democracies

My first week in the taxpayer-funded rabbit warren that is the European Parliament

Last week was my first week in the innards of the beast that is the European Parliament and the Hydra-like institutions that surround it. I am no stranger to Brussels and Strasbourg, having been a regular visitor, in various guises, over a forty-year business career. Right back from when it did not matter much, to … Read moreMy first week in the taxpayer-funded rabbit warren that is the European Parliament

The rise and fall of Northern Ireland’s voice in Brexit negotiations

To the surprise of many, Northern Ireland, through the DUP, has been the silent majority shareholder in the Brexit negotiations to date. Their influence is remarkable because, in practice, they have no direct role in the negotiations. In this blog, Sylvia de Mars (Newcastle Law School) describes the rise and fall of Northern Ireland’s importance in … Read moreThe rise and fall of Northern Ireland’s voice in Brexit negotiations

Financial services will enjoy a Brexit boom if the regulators let us take advantage of the opportunities it presents

It’s easy to forget that it’s not just politicians who disagree about the opportunities and challenges posed by Britain’s imminent departure from the European Union. Brexit is the UK’s chance to amplify its global financial influence, but many in the industry are allowing the risks to distract them from the opportunities. The chief executive of … Read moreFinancial services will enjoy a Brexit boom if the regulators let us take advantage of the opportunities it presents

The ‘sovereign state’ is a myth. Europe’s nations are stronger when they band together

The quest for absolute sovereignty – the aim of many Brexiteers – is not the way to maintain peace in Europe, writes Beatrice Heuser (University of Glasgow). The EU is not perfect. But nothing suggests that Britain will be any better off outside it, and its departure will weaken the remaining members. At the age … Read moreThe ‘sovereign state’ is a myth. Europe’s nations are stronger when they band together

Here’s how I’ll get us out of the EU by October 31st – no ifs, no buts, no excuses

As politicians we are elected to serve the public. And three years ago, we asked them for their verdict on decades of membership of the European Union. They told us to get Britain out. We promised to deliver. Our failure to do that has overshadowed everything else we, as a Government, have tried to do … Read moreHere’s how I’ll get us out of the EU by October 31st – no ifs, no buts, no excuses

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