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International Trade Secretary rejects Little Britain taunts from `doom-mongers´

The International Trade Secretary has defended the UK’s trade strategy against “naysayers” and “doom-mongers”, arguing “we are not Little Britain and we never were”. Speaking at the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Trade, Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the country could now “write a new chapter” in its “proud trading history” as it is no longer “waiting on… View Article

Robert Colvile

Universities should settle unpaid loans of students who take ‘Mickey Mouse’ degrees

Universities should pick up the bill for unpaid loans of students who take “Mickey Mouse” degrees, a think tank has said.

Rishi’s Tax Hikes See UK Fall to Bottom Quartile of OECD’s International Tax Competitiveness Index

Sunak’s corporation tax hike would see the UK’s international tax competitiveness slip from 11th to 30th out of 37 OECD nations, a report from the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) warns. The report argues that the UK’s outdated business rates system, its planned corporation tax hike from 19% to 25% and the recent national insurance… View Article

Robert Colvile

Sunak’s tax raids push Britain further behind Germany and US

Britain is set to fall further behind Germany in the competitiveness of its tax system as a string of Treasury raids risk making it an increasingly unappealing business destination, a leading Tory think tank has warned.

Robert Colvile

Celebrate a Union that grows stronger every day, says Michael Gove

Gove’s comments were made in Strength in Union, which was compiled by Andrew Bowie, the West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine MP, and the Centre for Policy Studies, the centre-right think tank. It includes essays from Theresa May, the former prime minister, each of the secretaries of state for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and Lord Hague… View Article

Robert Colvile

Pilot scheme to link up NHS and social care is increasing delays

Billed as the future of health and social care in England, the new regional Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) are intended in part to prevent such waits. Analysis of official figures by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) also found an “alarming” rise in emergency readmissions in ICS pilot areas.

National Insurance bombshell as new big-budget social care plan not working, report says

The findings by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) think tank have come as a row has exploded over plans to pay for the reforms with a hike in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) of between 1 and 2 percent.

CMA ‘needs change of culture’ Tyrie tells MPs

Reforms to the Competition and Markets Authority unveiled by ministers last week do not go far enough, the watchdog’s former chairman has warned in a letter to all 650 MPs.

Culture wars: an American points out the obvious

In a report for the Centre for Policy Studies last week, he created a stir by saying that Britain isn’t separated by Left and Right but by the woke versus the non-woke.

High streets eyed for 500,000 new homes

Plans to “reinvent and reuse” vacant commercial properties could provide space for 500,000 new homes, according to a report published by the Centre for Policy Studies today.

News Liz Truss’s trade advisers warn against green tax ‘protectionism’ in drive for net zero

Eamonn Ives, of the conservative Centre for Policy Studies, agreed “clean free trade would be “vital” for decarbonisation. But he stressed that “border taxes really could be a viable long-term solution”.

Use Gareth Southgate’s tactics for culture war, pollster tells MPs

Gareth Southgate’s tactics in dealing with sensitive culture war issues should be followed by politicians, a leading US pollster has argued as he warned Britain faces a potential descent into American-style polarisation.

Half of young ‘cancel’ people over opinions

Britons are increasingly fearful of expressing controversial views and most young people have cut someone out because of their political opinions, according to a study.Just over half of adults under 30 said they had stopped talking to someone in person or online because of something political they said.

Ministers mull radical plan to axe tariffs on electric cars

Ministers are considering a radical plan to axe tariffs on hybrid and electric cars as part of efforts to speed up Boris Johnson’s switch to a carbon-neutral economy. Officials are understood to be eyeing the plan as part of efforts to send a message that the country will champion free trade after Brexit and is… View Article

UK should slash barriers to green free trade, says think tank

The UK should slash tariffs on environmentally friendly goods and services in order to fulfil its twin goals of championing free trade and protecting the environment. Read more in City A.M. here.

Britain should lead the world in fighting climate change says Liam Fox

Dr Fox’s speech to the Centre for Policy Studies think tank comes ahead of Boris Johnson welcoming world leaders to the G7 Summit in Cornwall next month. Read more here.

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