The fight is on to attract business away from London. But what should banks be thinking about when deciding where to move?
Summer feels like it is already here. Given the upcoming electoral calendar the political temperature will also likely rise.
It might only be a procedural step but this week marked another important pre-Brexit negotiations milestone. The Council of Ministers’ General Affairs Council (GAC) formally approved its Brexit “negotiating directives”, the final procedural hurdle ahead of the start of negotiations proper.
Mrs May alone can explain her motivation for calling an early election. Rumours and speculation abound about her precise reasoning but a general consensus on her prime motivation seems to be: reinforcing her legitimacy to deliver Brexit.
The UK has always had a love/hate relationship with France. But when it comes to May’s Brexit Britain, that distinguished honour might soon be usurped by Poland.
One thing we learnt from Brexit and Trump in 2016: corporations and investors would be wise to have a healthy dose of scepticsm when looking at pre-election polling statistics.
If 2016 was annus horribilus for the EU, is 2017 looking like it might be any better? The prudent pundit would not touch that question with a barge poll. The saying goes “a week is a long time in politics”. These days a week is an eon.
The last month has been dominated by the passage of the Brexit Bill through the House of Lords, not least as the Government does not have a majority in that chamber so has to work harder to get its way.
President Jean-Claude Juncker presented his contribution to the upcoming Rome Summit, taking place later in March and marking the 60th anniversary of the EU.
Internationally operating businesses and investors are experienced and well equipped to deal with risk: for example establishing internal processes and seeking external counsel to manage operational, market and regulatory risk.
A week is a long time in politics. But the coming weeks could feel longer than usual for UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
Brexit is a disaster for the English language. And we don’t mean the fact that an EU official close to current European Commission chief Brexit negotiator, Frenchman Michel Barnier, allegedly claimed recently that Brexit negotiations will take place in French – quelle horreur!