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Barndoor Strategy bring in former Davis aide ahead of Brexit

Posted Posted in Brexit, Conservatives, EU, Financial Services, Maritime, Policy, Ports

Barndoor Strategy, the public affairs and strategy consultancy fronted by former MRM Director and Financial Conduct Authority Senior Associate Havard Hughes and ex-Deputy Mayor of London Roger Evans have announced that David Spencer, a former aide to David Davis and experienced public affairs consultant, is joining the business as their new Managing Director. Spencer, who […]

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Brexit’s Orange Backstop

Posted Posted in Brexit, Conservatives, Corbyn, DUP, EU, General Election, Labour, Lib Dems, Referendum, Remain

The devil in the detail of the Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement is undoubtedly the backstop.  The EU’s unpopular insurance policy could have the UK over a barrel.  It has also driven a wedge through the confidence and support agreement with the DUP.  Much has been written and said about what this means and what might […]

Chess, Not Chequers (No Blushing, Please)

Posted Posted in Brexit, Commission, EU, Policy, Ports

The controversial Chequers Agreement put forward by the British Government has its detractors. That, perhaps, is putting it mildly given the number of resignations it triggered, But if Eurosceptics hate it that much, why is the EU talking about rejecting Mrs May’s big compromise? Afterall, much to the chagrin of Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Government has […]

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A deal no one can believe in

Posted Posted in Brexit, Policy

Barnier’s eleventh hour pronouncement that the Chequers deal is unacceptable to the EU should come as no surprise to anyone.     Life is a series of lessons. We learn from our own lived experiences and by observing the varied fortunes of those around us. Unfortunately, when it comes to contemporary British politics, people have […]

How customs reform could rebuild Britain

Posted Posted in Brexit, Budget, Financial Services, Maritime, Policy, Ports, Royal Navy

Barndoor Director Chris Alley sets out how free ports could revolutionise trade and manufacturing in the UK For thirty years Britain staggered on after the war.  The “sick man of Europe” weighed down by militant unions, rampant inflation and obsolete business practices, Britain was locked into a spiral of decline. At its zenith the dead […]

Regardless of Brexit, Britain must escape Europe’s decline with a maritime commitment to Asia

Posted Posted in Asia, Brexit, Defence, Policy, Royal Navy

With EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier reportedly driving a hard bargain, Brexit will likely consume Westminster’s attention for some time, leave hard feelings on both sides of the Channel and trigger Britain’s geopolitical drift away from the Continent with no clear political and geographic aim in sight to date. That aim should be Asia with its steep […]