26 January 2017

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.

26 January 2017

Theresa May wants to conclude a US agreement within two years. But Oliver Ilott argues that Whitehall is not ready. [This piece first appeared in Times Red Box.]


25 January 2017

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. 

23 January 2017

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.

19 January 2017

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.

18 January 2017

On 18 January, Bronwen Maddox delivered her first lecture as Director of the Institute for Government. This is the audio and text of her speech (please check against delivery).

18 January 2017

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.

17 January 2017

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.

16 January 2017

Donald Trump has promised that a UK–US trade deal will be ‘done quickly and done properly’ after Brexit. Oliver Ilott warns a deal would have to overcome four uncomfortable truths.

16 January 2017

Yesterday Philp Hammond appeared to threaten that the UK could become the 'Singapore of Europe' – competing on the basis of low tax and deregulation. But before he goes there, Jill Rutter argues, he could make the UK a better place to do business just by making tax policy better.