Economic

Economic, Europe

What is the impact of tariffs & Rules of Origin outside the EU Customs Union?

What is the impact of tariffs & Rules of Origin outside the EU Customs Union?

It is perhaps surprising that so much attention has been given to the Single Market, yet so little attention has been paid to the EU Customs Union. Particularly as leaving the EU Customs Union has potentially greater impacts on UK trade than leaving the Single Market: A repatriated trade policy […]

by × April 5, 2017 ×

Economic, Economy, News, Taxation

The shape of our economy is changing – and government needs to catch up

The shape of our economy is changing – and government needs to catch up

More sophisticated technology coupled with the necessity created by the 2008/9 recession and a slow economy since then has led to transformation in some areas of the UK economy – and the trend is set to continue. This has clearly worried the government. Last week in the Spring Budget the […]

by × March 14, 2017 ×

Economic, Europe

Will the Government betray British Fishermen yet again?

Will the Government betray British Fishermen yet again?

The Common Fisheries Policy devastated the British fishing industry. The Government must now begin the process of repairing the damage by leaving the CFP as we leave the EU. One of the most striking images of the EU Referendum was the sight of multi-millionaire Bob Geldof aboard a luxury yacht […]

by × February 15, 2017 ×

Economic

Corbyn is wrong; we need to make the poor richer, not make the rich poorer

Corbyn is wrong; we need to make the poor richer, not make the rich poorer

Despite only being a few days in, there has been a lot of talk about wage inequality already in 2017. From Jeremy Corbyn’s maximum wage cap to the IFS study into part-time work, our attention is being drawn to the gap between the haves and the have-nots. Very little debate […]

by × January 15, 2017 ×

Economic, Economy

The Autumn Statement: A missed opportunity to bolster Brexit Britain

The Autumn Statement: A missed opportunity to bolster Brexit Britain

The Autumn Statement contained some positive elements. It was pleasing to hear that the employment rate is at an all-time peak of 74.5% and that unemployment is at an 11-year low. We were happy to see the back of the “rabbit in the hat” political manoeuvres that Osborne was so […]

by × November 25, 2016 ×

Economic, Europe, News

Brexit does not mean Brexit if we remain in the Customs Union; beware of the stealth Remain campaign

Brexit does not mean Brexit if we remain in the Customs Union; beware of the stealth Remain campaign

The Customs Union has become a contentious issue in the Brexit debate, but leaving it is a must; it’s a red line that cannot be crossed The post-referendum “phoney war” should have been the beginning of an open, honest and exciting debate about what Britain’s post-Brexit future should look like […]

by × November 21, 2016 ×

Economic

We need to reform the minimum wage and make it work for young people

We need to reform the minimum wage and make it work for young people

By Callum Sloper: @VagaCallum When the minimum wage first came into effect in April 1999 there were just 2 different rates set at £3 an hour for 18 to 21 year olds and £3.60 for anyone 22 or over. While this has evolved every single year by 10p to 30p […]

by × November 15, 2016 ×

Economic

Why Javid and Hammond have got it wrong on the housing crisis

By Charlie Richards Phillip Hammond has just pledged that under the Conservatives we will start to see a stripping back of austerity – promising to spend more and invest funds into vital areas of the UK economy. In line with the Chancellor’s sentiments, Sajid Javid (Communities Secretary) promised that the […]

by × October 17, 2016 ×

Economic

The gender pay gap is not our enemy

The gender pay gap is not our enemy

Gender pay gap: It was never time to peddle the gender pay gap narrative – and it still isn’t. Its causes are too complex to be trivialised and temporal flexibility should be celebrated. Everyone has stumbled across the frequent headlines regarding the gender pay gap. Attacking its supposed persistence seems […]

by × October 10, 2016 ×

Economic

Fracking and the new Luddites

Sajid Javid is right to ignore the doubters and greenlight fracking. For one thing, he’s got all the right people working themselves up into a hysterical frenzy. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government overruled Lancashire Council’s rejection of a site, a decision which had been appealed by shale […]

by × October 9, 2016 ×

Economic, News

Future proofing the economy: Philip Hammond’s speech in full #CPC16

It’s great to be back in Birmingham – and a privilege to address this conference as Chancellor of the Exchequer. I don’t think I am giving away any state secrets in admitting that I just might have hoped to have been a Treasury Minister a little bit earlier in my […]

by × October 3, 2016 ×

Economic

Energy policy: Time for common sense

Energy policy should not be based on reducing CO2 emissions as quickly as possible regardless of all costs and practicality  Last week saw “The New Dawn of Truth – The London Climate Change Conference 2016″, hosted in Conway Hall by a group of climate scientists with sceptical views on the […]

by × September 18, 2016 ×