The Conservatives and Labour both promise to overhaul the immigration system. But Joe Owen says that neither offer a credible plan for when or how they will do it. Their visions may be very different but both are still a long way off.
The Conservative Party promises to cut net migration. While Brexit gives government greater control of numbers, Joe Owen argues that any change is unlikely to happen much before the next election in 2022.
The French press note that their UK counterparts are viewing Emmanuel Macron’s victory as bad news for Brexit. But Jill Rutter says that will be tempered by his number one priority: fixing the French economy.
Pascal Lamy, former Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO), warns that a UK-EU free trade agreement will take five to six years. Oliver Ilott argues that the pressure of trying to agree a deal in two years means that government has to establish new, rapid processes for decision making in the negotiations
Hilary Benn MP believes the Home Office faces a serious challenge in attempting to register the three million EU residents currently living in the UK. Euan McCarthy explains the scale of that challenge.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is currently hearing a case about the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, which Oliver Ilott argues could have an effect on the UK’s free trade with the EU after Brexit.
As the world comes to terms with the results of last week’s US elections, Robyn Munro argues that the Trump Presidency will have a significant impact on trade and foreign policy relations between the US and the EU – but offers some opportunities for a post-Brexit UK.