The five key takeaways from Portland's '2021: The real Brexit cliff edge?' breakfast discussion.
Downing Street is in campaign mode, supportive MPs are being identified and stakeholders lined up for endorsements. There’s a daily themed grid in place, around which messaging will (in theory) be devised and delivered.
The EU commission cannot maintain the confidence of the EU 27 without popular support. It’s time to win back public trust.
The UK government is eager to build deeper ties with old and new friends. In this realignment of Britain’s foreign policy priorities, Kenya holds excellent cards and stands to benefit.
This election – in theory – was meant to be about momentum (lower case ‘m’). Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party was going to continue the campaign momentum it gained in last year’s General Election to sweep the board. Labour have made gains in some areas – but has its performance really been good enough?
A man who has held a government post since 2010 should not be seen as an ‘unknown quantity’. But that’s exactly what Sajid Javid will be when he joins the Cabinet Brexit sub-committee on Wednesday.
While Theresa May will herald Friday's agreement as a vital certainty for businesses and investors in the UK, the ‘transition’ deal is more a ‘standstill’ agreement with some incentives for either side on the areas on which political priorities have rested.
The Brexit show goes on in the Westminster bubble with little attention given to what’s happening in the Brussels bubble, let alone in European capitals. But in the end, Brexit will happen on both sides of the Channel, not just the UK.
May wants to tie her Cabinet heavy hitters into her plans for the next stage of the Brexit talks, avoiding the tit-for-tat briefing which characterised 2017, and head off any potential leadership challenge.
Partner and Head of Portland's Brexit Unit, Victoria Dean, looks back at the defining moment of Brexit in 2017 and what expect in 2018.
Measurement and evaluation