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Examining the UK-Aus FTA and the UK-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement

Trade & Manufacturing

Elly Darkin
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Stephen Adams and Elly Darkin unpack two new UK trade deals: the UK-Australia free trade agreement and the UK-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement.

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Any post-Frost return to ‘diplomacy’ will still leave UK business to fend for themselves in Brussels

General Politics

Tom White
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This week’s anniversary of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement provides a moment for firms to review operational adaptation to Brexit, planned and revised at speed as ‘no deal’ was (partially) avoided last Christmas Eve. However, Lord Frost’s dramatic resignation – and signs that power over EU relations could trickle back from Downing Street to the Foreign Office – is…

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Politics on the pitch – how policymakers are using football to advance their agendas

General Politics

Nick Hendrix
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Football and politics have never been entirely separate, but recent developments in the EU and UK have highlighted the utility of the beautiful game to lawmakers and legislators. The European Super League (ESL) exposed a fissure between football’s stakeholders and shareholders and served as a catalyst for politicians to intervene. This culminated in the adoption of the EU…

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Top in Tech: Biden and Brexit - one year on

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Conan D'Arcy
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‘Top in tech’ is a monthly episode from the GC tech policy team. Each month, the team lift the lid on the latest in Europe’s ‘techlash’, identifying where the debate is heading in London and Brussels, the politics behind it, and what this might mean for the apps and online services we use every day.

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Unpacking the US-EU-Japan trilateral partnership

Trade & Manufacturing

Alessandro Gangarossa
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What does the US-EU-Japan trilateral partnership mean for trade policy?

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Then there were six, again, but time to look to the future

General Policy

Geoffrey Norris
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In the aftermath of the largest energy company failure yet, attention in the UK is slowly shifting from the circumstances of Bulb’s administration, to what can be done by the government and regulator. Ultimately, this specific collapse must be seen in the context of the last 5 years, where the prevailing policy wisdom within the UK government has been that customers were…

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Reviewing the UK’s G7 Presidency: building back better?

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Jon Garvie
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G7 foreign and development ministers will meet this weekend in Liverpool, alongside their ASEAN counterparts. It may be the UK presidency’s final opportunity to draw together the many initiatives which have sprouted under the banner of “build back better”.  The foreign secretary Liz Truss framed the meeting in characteristically ambitious terms, declaring that “I…

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Can the SAT and ACT adapt to a changing college admissions landscape, or does an opening exist for a new model?

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Chris Rinkus
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The US college admissions process is changing as a result of the pandemic, and traditional college entrance exams like the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT) face an uncertain future. In the wake of these changes, there is a substantial opportunity for agile new market entrants that offer innovative alternatives to conventional assessments…

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The politics and policy of Omicron in the UK

Health and Life Sciences

Alex Dawson
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Since Omicron was first located just over a week ago – first reported to be found in South Africa, although reports have suggested that the variant was present in the Netherlands earlier than this – several countries have stepped up and responded quickly to reduce international travel and reintroduce domestic restrictions.

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COP26: game changing or just changing the game?

Sustainability

Charley Roberts
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After almost two years of build-up, COP26 finally took place during the first two weeks of November. The expectations were high and the media attention significant – both positive and negative. Amidst the flurry of pledges, side agreements and negotiated texts, it is challenging to decipher whether COP26 was ‘a success’ and what it means for global (and local) climate…

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Top in Tech: political ads, the Web Summit and the Digital Markets Act

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Conan D'Arcy
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‘Top in tech’ is a monthly episode from the GC tech policy team. Each month, the team lift the lid on the latest in Europe’s ‘techlash’, identifying where the debate is heading in London and Brussels, the politics behind it, and what this might mean for the apps and online services we use every day.

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Bloomberg’s bandwagon rolls into Singapore

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Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
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Singapore hosted its first major international conference last week since the start of the pandemic.  After aborting the mini-Davos, which they had planned for last August, this event was an even bigger deal. With Hong Kong closed off to international travellers and now a more challenging environment politically for global businesses, the Singaporeans know they have…

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How are small businesses innovating in unprecedented times?

Financial Services

Alex Dawson
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On a recent Global Counsel event, Practice Lead Alex Dawson is joined by a distinguished panel to explore how small businesses have adapted and transformed during the pandemic, and whether these changes are here to stay.

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The new “Scamdemic” – how is the UK government tackling emerging financial scams?

Financial Services

Leanne Gaffney-Berkeley
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The covid-19 pandemic has seen a rapid rise in new and sophisticated types of financial scams in the UK, typically targeting ordinary consumers. People are more likely to be the victim of financial fraud than of any other crime – not just including the vulnerable and elderly – with more than two thirds of people in the UK (36 million) being targeted by a scammer in the…

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ABPI Vision Paper: UK medicines regulatory policy and global influence in a post-pandemic world

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Stephen Adams
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GC was pleased to act as technical advisors to the ABPI in producing a strategic vision for the future of UK life sciences regulation. As the UK and the World grapple with the ongoing pandemic there are opportunities to take advantage of new scientific advances and new ways of working. Developing a robust, forward-looking and streamlined approach to regulation is one…

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Could the EU 2021 Banking Package get stuck in the middle?

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Damien Sohet
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The long-awaited package of EU banking reforms presented by the European Commission on October 27th faces a basic challenge of reconciling demands for safeguarding of EU banking competitiveness and upholding the EU’s international commitments. The proposal was fated to face criticism from the outset. The commission, however, has sought to avoid a political stalemate by…

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Notes from Lisbon: the Politics of the Web Summit

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Jack Keevill
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The Web Summit is done and dusted for 2021. At a mere 40,000 attendees packed into the waterfront Altice Arena in Lisbon, it may have been much smaller than its pre-pandemic peak. But it has lost none of the glitz that made it a highlight of the global tech calendar, and this year its organisers carefully navigated the choppiest waters of European – and global – tech…

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Poland: a test case for EU's rule of law

General Politics

Anikó Zsebik
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What do recent events in Poland tell us about the rule of law in the EU? Stephen Adams, Anikó Zsebik and Denzil Davidson look at how the question of EU-level legislation has collided with current events in Poland and what it means for other member states and the wider debate on sovereignty.

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