We need to make Whitehall fit to run post-Brexit Britain

14 Jan

As Britain prepares to leave European Union, and to disengage with its administration and institutions, there will clearly need to be changes in the way the United Kingdom organises its own governmental structures. New roles and new responsibilities will require new ways of doing business. With a new government in place, with a strong mandate […]

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Americanizing the NHS

6 Dec

I was on a boat in the middle of the Gulf of Finland when I found out my uncle had passed away. We all knew it was coming, but the speed with which it arrived sent my head and heart spinning, because once again I would miss the funeral of a family member. That part of the story is more about being an immigrant; another story for another time. The part of being an immigrant that is relevant here, is … Read more

Jeremy Corbyn’s claim that the NHS is ‘up for sale’ in post-Brexit US trade talks does not stack up

27 Nov

The Labour Party has proclaimed that leaked documents from trade talks between the UK and the US are “evidence that Boris Johnson has put the NHS up for sale”. The party also claims there have been two years of talks “about how drug companies can rip off the NHS”. But under scrutiny, neither claim holds […]

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Trump and Farage are wrong – Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will not hinder a UK-US trade agreement

4 Nov

US President Donald Trump again roiled British politics with his comments in an interview with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage last week. In that interview he said two things of note. First, he made it very clear that the US was not after the UK’s NHS in a trade deal. To anyone involved in US […]

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Busting the Project Fear health myths about a UK-US free trade deal

15 Oct

According to a recent article in the Financial Times, ministers have been warned that the UK’s efforts to strike a US trade deal after Brexit could “severely limit” Britain’s ability to negotiate a deal with both the EU and other third countries.  The warning comes from a report written by the UK Department for Environment, […]

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Whenever abroad, for business or pleasure, we Leavers need to evangelise about Brexit

10 Oct

I’ve now been back in London just over a week since spending a prolonged time in the United States for the day job, though also the passion that made me put to bed my long-term ambition of standing for Parliament when I decided to take myself off the Conservative Party candidates list last Easter, as […]

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Bonnie Greer’s intervention on Brexit and Ireland last week was spectacularly ill-judged

5 Oct

It’s hard to be surprised by anything surrounding Brexit these days, but sure enough the BBC did their best last week. This time it was the turn of playwright Bonnie Greer to weigh in on the debate as a panellist on this week’s edition of Question Time. What followed was fitting of an Alanis Morrisette […]

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How to protect both the UK border and EU Single Market in a post-Brexit world

5 Oct

Further to this piece of 19th September investigating the risk of increased smuggling across the Irish border after Brexit, we set out below a legally operable cross-agency operational plan to be established between the Customs and Enforcement Agencies of the United Kingdom, Ireland and the European Union to protect both the EU Single Market and […]

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A primer on Brexit for Americans who dare to harbour sympathy with the Remainers

6 Sep

Sitting under the “rockets’ red glare” on July 4th this year, witnessing the patriotism and pride of all Americans, irrespective of their political affiliation, I could not help but puzzle over the general animus and disdain that much of the American mainstream media and academia hold for Brexit. How could a country forged in the […]

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There is a world of support out there for Brexit Britain as you embrace self-governance

11 Aug

From my office in Los Angeles, nearly 5,500 miles from London, I watched with interest the Brexit vote in 2016. I listened to the media and the political elites and heard the polling numbers, but secretly held out one little glimmer of hope that perhaps those who spoke the loudest weren’t right. Was it possible […]

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Why a US-UK trade deal ought to mean us finally getting some sense from Brussels

28 Jul

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has already made it clear he will urgently look for a trade deal with President Trump. From a purely political viewpoint, this clearly makes sense in a world where the EU is mortally afraid of what President Trump might do next to it. However, there is also an economic logic to […]

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