Voting on Brexit

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Parliament’s ‘meaningful vote’ on the Brexit deal will be more than a yes-or-no choice. If government ministers come back from Brussels with a draft deal on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and an agreement on the future UK-EU relationship, MPs will vote on a motion to approve both. The Government has told MPs they… Read more »

Shareholders, not politicians, should decide on takeovers

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The ongoing controversy over Melrose’s purchase of engineering company GKN illustrates many common misunderstandings about how free markets can work to the benefit of all. Shareholders, not politicians, should decide how to run their businesses, including whether a new management team could do better. There is only a limited set of circumstances where it might… Read more »

Opportunities for Commonwealth development

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In April 2018, heads of government from across the Commonwealth gather for the Commonwealth Summit to discuss the future of one of the most diverse and dynamic intergovernmental networks. In order to ensure progress for its citizens, Commonwealth countries must address challenges such as providing good-quality jobs for its young populations, prioritising those most at… Read more »

Terror in the dark

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Terrorists and extremists are increasingly moving their activities online – and areas of the web have become a safe haven for Islamic State to plot its next attacks, according to a report published today by the Henry Jackson Society. Terror in The Dark: How Terrorists use Encryption, the Darknet and Cryptocurrencies shows how those planning… Read more »

Aid, security and Britain’s role in the world

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How can the UK government institute a more integrated approach to promoting peaceful, secure, resilient and prosperous societies across the developing world? There are considerable complexities for the UK government in addressing the sources and mitigating the impact of fragility and conflict globally – while balancing trade-offs between the UK’s aid and security objectives. ODI… Read more »

The gender pay gap reporting measures

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Despite an influx of new gender pay gap data – ranging from negative gaps, to gaps exceeding 60% – the government’s new pay gap reporting measures fail to provide any meaningful insight into equal or fair pay for men and women in the workplace. The requirement to measure pay gaps across entire organisations (rather than… Read more »

Brexit and the financial services industry

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The City will survive Brexit, but it will not emerge unscathed. In order to remain competitive Britain’s financial services industry will need to adapt, as it has always done. London is the world’s leading international financial centre. While it is important not to overstate the impact of the UK’s membership of the EU, the single… Read more »