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Author: Alex Ross

Corbyn’s Customs Union

Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP, has confirmed that his party will now back remaining in the Customs Union. What Labour is now proposing is unlikely to be accepted by the EU, but is an astute piece of political positioning.Corbyn said a Labour government would seek and ‘negotiate a new comprehensive UK-EU customs union to ensure that there are no tariffs with Europe.’ A Labour government, he explained, would want to have a say on future EU trade deals while ending freedom of movement. Labour would also seek to negotiate ‘protections, clarifications or exemptions where necessary in relation to privatisation and public service competition directives, state...

Rob Flello appointed Chairman of Brevia Transport

Brevia Consulting has appointed Rob Flello as Chairman of Brevia Transport and a member of its Advisory Board. Rob brings over 12 years of experience as a Member of Parliament where he served on the Transport Select Committee and established the Parliamentary Freight Transport Group. He is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.Rob will oversee Brevia Transport, a dedicated division of Brevia Consulting, which offers a team of consultants with experience in road, rail, aviation, ports, and shipping.Brevia Transport provides a full range of public affairs support to organisations in the transport and logistics sector.  Services include political monitoring,...


Challenges for the Chancellor in the 2017 Autumn Budget

The Chancellor faces several challenges in the Budget. On the one hand, Hammond faces downgraded forecasts and worsening public finances. On the other, he must deal with calls for greater public spending.Hammond is likely to face bad news from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR). The OBR has warned that it is likely to ‘revise down productivity growth significantly’[1] ahead of the Budget. A significant downward revision would reduce the OBR’s forecast for tax receipts and push up projections for government borrowing. Treasury officials have signalled this will create a ‘bloodbath’ in the UK’s public finances.[2] The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) estimates that if...


Free ports – a realistic prospect?

The concept of establishing free ports in the UK has some merit, but only in a ‘hard Brexit’ scenario. Free ports have been championed by Rishi Sunak, a Conservative MP, who argues they would increase manufacturing output, reinvigorate regional economies, and promote trade. Free ports are essentially incompatible with current EU rules, and would likely be ruled out should the UK secure a ‘deep and special partnership’ with the EU. However, in the event of ‘no deal’ or a loose trade agreement with the EU, the concept deserves a fair hearing.Free ports are areas that, although inside the geographic boundary of a country, are considered...