Brexit and the Union: can a shared UK approach be found?

, 22 July 2016

Working out the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU and its post-Brexit status will involve the British Government in parallel negotiations overseas and at home. A deal will need to be struck with the rest of the EU. And that deal will have to be agreed and ratified domestically, at Westminster but...

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Parliament’s role in the Brexit negotiations

, 21 July 2016

This week saw the start of the first legal challenges to aspects of the Brexit process, the first in what will no doubt be a great deal of legal and parliamentary activity around Brexit. Parliamentarians in particular are keen to engage with the Brexit process and to hold government to account for the decisions...

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The new government, in nine charts

, 20 July 2016

We’ve been live-blogging the formation of Theresa May’s new government in charts (and with nuggets of insight from our Ministers Reflect project and from across the Institute). The Government published a full list of government ministers on Monday night, which included a few moves that hadn’t previously been announced. We’ve now updated our charts...

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Ministers reflect: top tips for new ministers

, 20 July 2016

Theresa May’s first reshuffle is now complete and, as we’ve been charting over on the live-blog, there are plenty of new faces joining the Government benches, as well as ministers who have been promoted or moved sideways into new departments. For some it will have been a shock: “I think I burst into tears,...

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What does the reshuffle mean for existing policy priorities?

, 19 July 2016

As we have outlined in previous blogs, there are three categories of policy issue that the new Prime Minister and her government will need to address – policy issues that require immediate decisions; policies and projects that are already underway; and strategies that the Cameron government had promised were coming soon. This is our...

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Quick fix or masterplan: interpreting machinery of government changes

, 19 July 2016

One of the notable features of David Cameron’s time in office was the stability of Whitehall structures. The new PM has instead embarked on some big changes – creating two new departments, abolishing one, and engaging in a significant restructuring.  History suggests these come at an immediate price of disruption and distraction and that the...

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