Critics believe the UK government wants to ‘have its cake and eat it’: the proposals seek both frictionless trade with the EU and a soft Irish border, while at the same time securing a fully independent trade policy; continued free trade in goods and services alongside restriction on the free movement of people; and mutual recognition combined with regulatory divergence. It has been suggested within the EU institutions that these objectives are incompatible, and that the UK will consequently face major trade-offs as the negotiations progress.
This report, based on new polling of public attitudes, explores the public’s preference for different trade scenarios when faced with a number of difficult Brexit trade-offs.
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.