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Is #Brexit Britain at the front of the queue for a US trade deal, or the end of the line?

14 Mar 2017, by in International

When Prime Minister Theresa May visited newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump in January, Brexit supporters were cock-a-hoop about how post-Brexit Britain would be at the front of the queue for a trade deal with the US Trade Representative (USTR – not that there was one when Mrs May went to Washington – indeed Trump’s pick still hasn’t been confirmed). This…

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#Brexit bad news hidden in #Budget2017

13 Mar 2017, by in International

Last week’s Budget speech by the Chancellor had very little to say about Brexit. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a Brexit angle – you just have to look at what wasn’t there, rather than what was. First, there was very little in the Budget to prepare for the challenges Brexit will pose to the British economy.…

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Government risking ‘leap in the dark’ with no deal

12 Mar 2017, by in International

The Government’s much-touted negotiating threat that ‘no deal would be better than a bad deal’ risks doing huge damage to the UK economy, our jobs, rights at work and living standards. Last week the all-party Commons Select Committee on International Trade made clear that ‘no deal’ was in fact the worst ‘bad deal’ on offer. Today…

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New institutions needed to address concerns about migration

08 Mar 2017, by in Labour market

The Government has decided that ‘taking back control’ of the UK’s borders is more important than anything else, more important in particular than working people’s jobs and living standards. Even if immigration numbers don’t actually come down as a result, the Government is prepared to abandon membership of the EU single market and customs union, even though that…

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#Right2Remain gains wider support: so what’s the problem?

06 Mar 2017, by in International

On Sunday morning, the House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the European Union (the ‘Brexit Committee’ chaired by Hilary Benn MP) released a report urging the government to unilaterally grant the right to remain to EU citizens living and working in the UK. The cross-party group of MPs (including prominent Leave supporters like Michael…

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Lords begin voting on the Brexit Bill: The TUC’s view

27 Feb 2017, by in Politics

Today and Wednesday, the Article 50 Brexit bill – known formally as the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2016-17 – will get its committee stage in the House of Lords. This is the stage where most of the voting will take place on specific amendments (although there may be more votes to come in…

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