Brexit and Trade

The summer break is coming to an end and it’s back to school for bureaucrats and politicians in both Brussels and Westminster alike. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called a cabinet meeting for Wednesday on Brexit with ministers expected to bring their Brexit homework with them ready for reviewing. FTI Consulting takes this opportunity…

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Moving with the times: EU merger rules review process to start in the fall

As mergers involving big data hit the headlines, the European Commission (EC) has decided to take action by initiating the process to review its merger review rules. A 12 week consultation is to be opened in September to seek views on whether the EC’s current EU merger rules need to be revised. This follows concerns…

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Politics and Sport

Sport and politics have often become inextricably linked. There are numerous high profile historical examples of this ranging from South African sport being boycotted during the apartheid era, Jesse Owens winning in front of Adolf Hitler and Mohammed Ali being banned from boxing due to his refusal to join the US Army. Political issues around…

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Brexit Bowl – America’s Cure for a Brexit Hangover?

David Wade, a member of FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications Advisory Group for North America and former Chief of Staff to the State Department, provides a view from the United States on the Brexit decision in this snapshot. He discusses what American policy-makers make of Brexit and why this is so important for the U.S, as…

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Brexit: Dealing with Uncertainty

The 23rd June Referendum has triggered a number of reactions which are likely to affect the UK economy regardless of the timing and conditions of Britain’s exit from the EU. Weaker Sterling, softer GDP growth forecasts and deteriorating consumer confidence are the elements that will impact Britain’s economy in the upcoming period of regulatory uncertainty. Some sectors are more…

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Brexit Bowl: Competing Public Interests? Politics and Competition Enforcement

What does Brexit mean for competition policy in the EU and UK? The issue has already formed part of the post-Brexit policy debate in the United Kingdom. This snapshot from FTI Consulting’s Senior Advisor, Sir Philip Lowe, a former Director General of the European Commission’s Competition department, looks at the issue of ‘public interest’ in…

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The knowns, the unknowns and what happens next? An FTI Brexit Bowl Breakfast with Sir Philip Lowe

Sir Philip Lowe addressed the theme of “Brexit: the knowns, the unknowns, and what happens next?” at the FTI Brexit Bowl Breakfast of 13 July 2016. One of the most important unknowns, namely who was to lead the UK out of the EU, is now known. Theresa May was elected as the new British Prime…

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Brexit Bowl 8 July

Two weeks after the historic United Kingdom (UK) referendum on the European Union (EU) and under the shadow of Brexit, the European Parliament (EP) this week met in Strasbourg, the EP’s official seat, for its final plenary session before the summer recess. Across the English Channel, the political fallout in the UK continues to unfold in dramatic fashion:…

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