Category: Government Affairs

2024 Elections: An overview of the political landscape

Over 2 billion people – a quarter of the world’s population – will be affected by elections in 2024, including in the US, EU, UK, Taiwan, India and Russia. Some will have significant global implications, though in many cases the full effects will not play through until 2025. This blog explores the upcoming elections and […]
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09 Nov, 2023

The King’s Speech: a first for the King, the last for this parliament  

The Bills have been decided and the speech is being drafted - businesses need to be agile if they are to shape government proposals. More weight is resting on the King’s Speech on 7th November than it can possibly bear.   How should businesses prepare for this session’s uncertainty?  What do we already know about the […]
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27 Oct, 2023

Virtual worlds standardisation: What next for the EU? Key challenges and opportunities

While the debate on AI regulation continues to grab media headlines and the attention of policymakers worldwide, discussions on virtual worlds have quietly continued. Regulators around the world are trying to find the right balance between introducing or updating policies to mitigate potential harms of virtual worlds while maximising the potential of these technologies for […]
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06 Jul, 2023

Taking stock: the legislative programme so far

As Parliament starts the Easter recess, the legislative programme is looking ragged, bearing the marks of three Prime Ministers’ very different decisions. The decision to significantly extend the current session until late autumn could mean a very limited fourth session cut short by a General Election in 2024. It also places huge pressure on the […]
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03 Apr, 2023

Stuck in the middle? Finding the UK’s role in the global innovation race 

The UK must find its global niche in emerging technology industries, as reduced domestic political volatility coincides with an increase in geopolitical tensions. As Labour prepares its policies in this area, the March Budget and the rest of the year will see the UK Government making major decisions with impacts on innovation, R&D and the […]
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10 Mar, 2023

2023 infrastructure policy and regulation outlook

Overview Following a year of crisis-fuelled focus on resilience, especially in the energy and water sectors, 2023 will raise an even more difficult question – how do you fund investment in long-term resilience during a period of economic uncertainty? Government budgets are under pressure, and the continuing cost-of-living crisis means there is limited scope to […]
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16 Feb, 2023

Policy outlook for investors 2023+

After a tumultuous political year, 2023 will see a more stable political environment in the UK. This will create opportunities for investors, but business should continue to hedge against geopolitical risk.   Below we set out some of the key opportunities and themes:  1. Companies and investors should start to engage with and prepare for Labour […]
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13 Jan, 2023

A crowded Queen’s Speech for DCMS – what does it mean for the sector? 

Nadine Dorries’ team at Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has taken the lion’s share of parliamentary time for the next session.  A total of six DCMS bills have been promised. But with doubts about when the next General Election will be called, and the controversial nature of much of the legislation in question, what is […]
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27 May, 2022

The Queen's Speech: political relaunch

Whitehall has been working towards a May Queen’s Speech for almost a year. The date has been announced – 10 May – and many bills have been trailed and there is an outline programme ready to go, but political changes within No 10 have created uncertainty. How should business prepare?   What are the implications of […]
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04 Apr, 2022

The Flint Podcast

In the aftermath of the Budget and Spending Review,  Flint experts provide their analysis of the Chancellor’s statement, talk through its political and economic implications and what this all means to the business community. Flint PartnerKiran Horwich chairs the discussion between Partner Tim Pitt(former Special Adviser to Chancellors Sajid Javid and Philip Hammond) and Specialist PartnerGiles Wilkes (former Business […]
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01 Nov, 2021

EU Strategic Autonomy: what is it, and why should we care?

There’s been a good deal of talk lately about EU Strategic Autonomy, in trade, tech, data and, indeed, vaccines. If anything, Biden’s arrival raised new questions. What is all the fuss about?  Strategic Autonomy isn’t a new idea; the EU has been talking about it for seven or eight years. Initially, the focus was on security and defence: how could the EU become a better partner through developing […]
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12 Feb, 2021

Goodbye soft law: EU rules on sustainable corporate governance

Goodbye soft law: EU rules on sustainable corporate governance The European Union has a track record of regulating supply chains. Covid-19 focussed minds further on their safety and transparency, often coupled with calls for an elusive ‘strategic autonomy’. Incoming sustainable corporate governance rules will change risk assessments for EU-based companies with complex supply chains, their […]
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02 Dec, 2020
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