Lead Analyst, UK Politics
Joe Armitage

Joe is the Lead Analyst in the UK Politics and Policy Practice and an Associate Director. He spent several years as a UK parliamentary adviser, working for two government ministers. In 2020 he was seconded from Global Counsel to work in the UK government’s business department in the run up to and aftermath of the UK exiting the Brexit transition period.

At Global Counsel, Joe advises British based clients, inward investors and investment funds. He has advised on and led projects in a wide range of policy areas including financial services, TMT, and retail. He has also represented Global Counsel on national broadcast media.

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Leading the production of Political Due Diligence reports relating to IR35 tax rules and the UK’s private parking market.
  • Producing comprehensive analysis on issues such as medium-term Sino-British relations and the UK government’s approach to the COP26 summit.
  • Leading the preparation of several executives appearing before select committees.

Latest Insights by Joe Armitage

General Politics

The final two candidates for UK Prime Minister

General Politics

After less than two weeks of campaigning, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have emerged as the two candidates vying to replace outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The 180,000 members of the Conservative Party will now choose between the two over the summer. 

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What is the UK doing differently after Brexit?

General Policy

Alex Dawson, Practice Lead for UK politics and policy; Lilah Howson-Smith, Senior Associate; and Joe Armitage, Lead Analyst for UK politics discuss UK policy divergence after Brexit, following our recent event series.

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Determining whether the AUS-UK FTA is a success for London

Trade & Manufacturing

Following a post-NATO dinner between the premiers of Australia and the UK, it was announced that a free trade agreement between the two countries had been agreed in ‘broad terms’. Further details are expected to be fleshed out soon, but it is not yet clear when the full text of the agreement will be finalised from a technical perspective and published.

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Three views on the US election

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At this point - with Joe Biden likely to win the presidency - the UK government has probably started to build and strengthen relationships with individuals in Biden’s team who are set to lead the transition process. However, given that President Trump still has a slim chance of successfully contesting the outcome in key states and remaining in office, any such outreach to…

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