Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer unveiled (probably) the last ever Spring Budget saying “our task today is to take the next steps in preparing Britain for a global future… (a thinly veiled Brexit reference) equip our young people with the skills they need, support our public services and build an economy that works for everyone.” His key message was that economic growth was not an end in itself, and the Government’s aim was to support “ordinary working families.”
Despite his reputation as a spreadsheet nerd not a showman, Hammond didn’t pull any political punches, with several bruising attacks on the Labour opposition. But his team seemed surprisingly unprepared for the fall out over changes to National Insurance that broke promises from the Conservative 2015 manifesto. We've collated some of the latest stakeholder reaction so you don't have to...
The quality of our future arrangements with the EU and the rest of the world will be directly related to the calibre of the teams negotiating them. Right now, across all Government Departments there is a rapid scramble to assemble those teams to deliver the best Brexit deal possible.
Given yesterday's turn of events we await the appointment of a new 'Brexit' Minister in Theresa May's new cabinet. Commentators are tipping, Leave campaigner, current leader of the Commons and May's campaign organiser, Chris Grayling for the role. Beyond that key appointment, who will be quantifying the civil service skills gap, driving the recruitment and ultimately presenting our new Prime Minister with the scenario plans and costed options from which they will determine their trade negotiation mandate?
Read on to meet the three men (yes, all men) you may never have heard of who will play a key role over the next few months.
Despite the fact that we will have a new Prime Minister by Wednesday, we know the only thing we can be certain of in the next 6 months is uncertainty. Today we are sharing our take on the brave new world of ‘Brexit’ and some practical tips for businesses and organisations trying to catch up with our fluid political landscape.
Above and beyond your business as usual public affairs engagement, what can you do now? How will 'Brexit' be implemented and who are the key players? For a quick check list click here but for a more detailed update read on.