Hinkley falters?

, 29 July 2016

EDF’s highly anticipated final investment decision on Hinkley Point C – the £18bn project to build the UK’s first new nuclear power plant in 20 years – was taken yesterday after much speculation about the future of the deal in the aftermath of Brexit. But instead of getting on the train to today’s planned...

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Industrial relations: how to create an effective industrial strategy

, 29 July 2016

Theresa May’s machinery of government changes signified more than just a new focus on Brexit: the transformation of BIS into the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) suggested a return to industry-focused policymaking. And in his first announcement as Business Secretary, Greg Clark also promised a ‘comprehensive industrial strategy’. So if the end-goal is...

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Leaving the EU customs union: what is involved?

, 28 July 2016

A key issue from a trade perspective will be whether or not the UK stays in the EU customs union when it leaves the European Union (EU). The customs union is an important element of the EU Single Market. Under its rules, the EU operates as a trade bloc, operating common external tariffs and...

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The role of public inquiries

, 26 July 2016

Public inquiries rarely satisfy everyone. This is less because of the length of inquiries or their cost. Rather, it is about differences of expectation about what they are intended to do. That was one of the main conclusions of a recent seminar held at the Institute for Government in the aftermath of the Chilcot...

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Sir Amyas Morse: Prioritisation, prioritisation, prioritisation

, 25 July 2016

The importance of prioritisation Morse believes there are too many government projects – that even the recently-reduced government portfolio of 143 major projects was ‘enormous’. Transformation projects with a large digital element posed particular challenges: ‘doing things well is much more complicated than it used to be’, involving technological as well as organisational change,...

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Brexit: how will the negotiations work?

, 22 July 2016

Everyone is speculating about what the UK’s future relationship with the EU might look like and how the negotiations will work. We pulled together an expert panel to explore audience questions about the possible outcomes in a ‘Question Time’ format: Michel Petite, former Director General of Legal Services at the EU Commission; Sir Andrew...

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