Some MPs, academics and student representatives have criticised Toby Young’s appointment to the board of the Office for Students. But what matters is how the board collectively performs and that it shows its independence from government, argues Daniel Thornton.
Negotiating and implementing the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is the Government’s most important job over the coming years. But Brexit rarely features in its Single Departmental Plans, says Lewis Lloyd.
The UK needs to be ready for every possible Brexit outcome, but the challenges are big and time is short. 2018 will be the year where the purse strings are loosened and hopes are pinned on transition, argues Joe Owen.
The Liaison Committee is finally up and running and will question the Prime Minister on Wednesday. Dr Hannah White argues that the committee needs to up its game and increase the impact of all select committees.
EFTA Court President Carl Baudenbacher has proposed his court as a mechanism for enforcing the UK’s agreements with the EU after Brexit. The EFTA Court is a technically attractive solution, but one with political costs, says Lewis Lloyd.