Blogs

Negotiating a Brexit deal has proved hard enough, but the ratification process could be just as challenging

13 Nov 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

With British prime minister, Theresa May, stating that the Brexit talks are in their endgame, it is worth looking ahead at where the risks for the government will be most acute in the process required to ratify an agreement under the Article 50 framework.

A look ahead: 2019 Indonesia presidential elections

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24 Oct 2018
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Region: 
Asia

Election season has begun in Indonesia. Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held simultaneously on April 17th, 2019, where approximately 187m Indonesians (out of approximately 265m) will be eligible to vote. The presidential election will be a repeat of the contest in 2014 between former general Prabowo Subianto and incumbent president, Joko Widodo, who is running for a second term. As campaigning for the presidential election intensifies in the next couple of months, there are three things to watch.

PODCAST: Regulating crypto-assets with Oliver von Landsberg Sadie and Oliver Tonkin of BCB Group

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17 Oct 2018
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Region: 
Multilateral

WORLD: Global Counsel Senior Director Stephen Adams is joined by Oliver von Landsberg-Sadie, Founder & CEO of BCB Group, Oliver Tonkin, Co-Founder and Adviser of BCB Group, to discuss the regulation of crypto-assets.

Three potentially costly miscalculations

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11 Oct 2018
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Region: 
UK

The Democratic Unionist Party has threatened to vote down the budget if it does not like what the UK government proposes for the Irish backstop in the Brexit negotiation. The response from Downing Street has been partly bluster – claiming that under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, voting down a budget won’t cause the government to fall – and partly to call the DUP’s bluff, based on the belief that the DUP has more to fear from a Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn than anyone else.

The IPCC in a worsening political climate

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10 Oct 2018
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Region: 
Multilateral

On Monday, the International Panel on Climate Change released its most important report in recent years: the prosaically titled Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. The good news is that the report’s authors conclude that limiting warming to 1.5°C is still technically possible. Otherwise, the news is mostly bad. The report outlines both how urgently and how radically policymakers would need to act to meet the 1.5°C target. Time is running out, so why is climate change struggling to get a hearing? There is a plethora of reasons, but an age of populism is arguably bringing three to the fore: problems of association, communication and prescription.

No more clutching at straws - the policy journey to phasing out single use plastic in the UK

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5 Oct 2018
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Region: 
UK

At the governing UK Conservative party’s conference this week, parliamentary undersecretary of state, Therese Coffey, promised a ‘radical’ Waste and Resources Strategy by the end of 2018. A series of government enquiries this year have underscored widespread support for more hard-nosed policies. The EU’s circular economy package recycling targets and China’s hardening line on waste imports are also pressuring policymakers to move. So, what should businesses expect?