The 2017 Whitehall Monitor report identifies a worrying backslide in government transparency. Adam Boon says this raises concerns about the Government’s commitment to open data and will make it harder to assess the performance of Whitehall unless this trend is reversed.
The Government will publish a Brexit white paper but Jill Rutter argues that for it to be any use, it needs to give Parliament a proper basis for agreeing to trigger Article 50. That means it needs to be informative, timely – and published before the debate.
There are calls for the Government to produce a Brexit white paper – an official statement of policy, often produced before introducing legislation. Jill Rutter argues that it would be good practice but not necessarily enlightening.
Theresa May has launched her 10-pillar industrial strategy green paper today. This is the third industrial strategy the country will have seen in the last decade. Emma Norris says it must address seven issues if it is going to succeed this time.
The Prime Minister confirmed there will be a parliamentary vote on the final Brexit deal. The Supreme Court may require Parliament to vote before Article 50 is triggered. But Dr Hannah White isn’t convinced that a vote will actually enable Parliament to influence what happens.
An event with Treasury Minister Jane Ellison, to launch our joint report with the CIOT and IFS on tax policy making, emphasised the role of those across the tax system in improving tax policy. Alice Lilly highlights the key points.
The Prime Minister’s speech will be interpreted as the opening exchange in the Brexit negotiations. Marking that speech against the best practice of international negotiations, Oliver Ilott says it will help her to get a better deal.