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Covid has accelerated UK structural change: how should we respond?

For the past fifty years the stock answer of politicians under pressure when jobs are threatened, has been to talk of ‘retraining’. Usually ‘retaining for new skills in new technologies’, or something similar. The UK conference season in early Autumn this year saw  both Government and Opposition floating offers of ‘retaining’ to address the undoubted […]

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MFF veto – a very timely crisis

The saga of the next EU seven year budget (MFF) and recovery fund (NGEU) goes on. As explained here last week, the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council (the member states) could requires unanimity so could be vetoed – and today it was – by Hungary and Poland. This is already being explained […]

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EU MFF edges toward conclusion

The long running sage of the European Union Multiannual Financial Framework has concluded, as forecast on this site, before the UK’s payments into the EU Budget come to an end next month. The negotiations between Parliament and the Council took longer than ideal, meaning that ratification the MFF and the NGEU recovery package by member […]

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What now for pro-Europeans in the Labour Party?

PWB Co-director Seb Dance writes: Brexit is a tragedy for the UK. It removes us from a key western alliance and the world’s largest trading bloc. It restricts the rights and life chances of millions of British citizens. It makes our country poorer. It massively increases the chances of a break-up of the UK. And […]

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A Green and Just economic recovery from Covid

Planning for the post-Corona economy requires vision to make the right investments for a Green and Just future. For PWB, Emily Stewart warns against the locking-in of inequalities and high-carbon industry, and the need to think green for the future. Those following news of the British economy will know that gloomy economic times loom on […]

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Tax reform is essential, so make it a virtue

An incoming Labour Government will face fiscal challenges unknown for generations. While the instinct to run a mile from wholesale tax reform there is little doubt that it is long overdue and in the long term unavoidable. John Howarth argues that Labour must learn to think like a taxpayer. Among Labour’s Shadow Cabinet, who are […]

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Turning Britain Outward Again

Labour can offer a vision of an outward looking internationalist Britain by rejecting the Conservatives assaults on Foreign Aid. Ahead of the Labour Party Conference discussion on ‘maintaining independent aid as a policy objective’; PWB explores the history and benefits of the UKs Foreign Aid schemes, and asks how Labour can position itself as the […]

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De-alignment with EU climate and environmental rules: the risks to British industry

With the UK set to override elements of the Withdrawal Agreement, PWB takes a look at the negative impacts on British Business of the lesser discussed, but no less important, de-alignment of climate and environment regulations, writes Emily Stewart. With the UK signalling that it is ready to legislate to override elements of the Withdrawal […]

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Japan, UK trade, and the supreme irrelevance of Stilton

While the deadline to strike a quick and easy deal with Japan slips away due to a disagreement over Stilton, PWB explores how this seemingly small issue could undermine the entire deal, write Emily Stewart and John Howarth. The Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, has been courting the world’s governments seeking the trade deals that will […]

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EU 7 year Budget will get the nod – soon

PWB Co-Director John Howarth sets out our analysis the EUs 2021-27 budget and recovery package and concludes it will receive political approval sooner rather than later. This week the European Parliament begins to consider the outcome of the European heads on government summit held in mid-July which found agreement on the coming seven-year budget – […]