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  • Is the NHS plan enough to ward off Downing Street’s January blues?

    Comprehensive and ambitious, the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’ provides practical solutions to the challenges an ageing population, funding pressures and growing demand will bring in coming years.

    100 days to Brexit: the end is near?

    Having survived a confidence vote and another embarrassing European Council, Theresa May emerges determined to plough on with her impossible job to deliver Brexit.

    2021: The real Brexit cliff edge?

    The five key takeaways from Portland's '2021: The real Brexit cliff edge?' breakfast discussion.

    Theresa on tour…

    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 devil is in the detail

    The EU commission cannot maintain the confidence of the EU 27 without popular support. It’s time to win back public trust.

    Kenya holds the upper hand when it comes to Brexit

    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.

    The expectation game

    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?

    New Home Secretary won’t solve the Cabinet customs union conundrum

    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. 

    Brexit: why we are not out of the woods

    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.

    Brexit is happening on both sides of the Channel, not just in Westminster

    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.

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