The most important sector is one usually ignored. Small firms constitute 99 per cent of all business in the country.
Posts Tagged: Free trade
David Gauke: As a non-Tory at the last election, my worry is that this Government won’t be Conservative enough
As a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, I am uneasy about the bail-out of Flybe. Every time a private business is bailed out by the taxpayer, the pressure grows.
Edward Parson: Keep the International Development Department. But scrap the 0.7 per cent aid target.
DFID managed its portfolio with far greater efficiency than the Foreign Office. But it should improve how it aligns traditional aid objectives with Britain’s goals.
Tom Tugendhat: The three foreign policy actions that Johnson should take now that he has this huge majority
For the first time in decades the levers of British influence – defence, diplomacy, aid and trade – could sit alongside domestic efforts in education and infrastructure.
In his foreword to our new Policy Exchange paper, John Howard urges the Prime Minister to “seize the moment”.
Stephen Booth: An inconvenient truth for Remainers and Leavers alike. This was the result that the EU wanted.
Leo Varadkar summed it up by saying, “I think it’s a positive thing that we have a decisive outcome in Britain.”
David Gauke: An election won. But a year on: “You promised us you’d get Brexit done, but all we hear about is Brexit”
Twelve months on from Thursday’s election, Johnson faces an unpalatable choice – and Cabinet resignations…
Garvan Walshe: How the majority needed to deliver Brexit will thwart the reform needed to make a success of it
A new Conservative Government will need to transform the economy. It remains to be seen whether this be done with a majority based on northern, post-industrial Britain.
Mark Francois: I urge Leavers to vote Tory – so gaining Brexit, preparing for free trade and smashing Marxism. All at once.
We now have the most amazing opportunity to deliver an emphatic victory over Corbyn’s extremists – and achieve Brexit into the bargain.
For both Brexiteers and the EU, Brexit is a constitutional issue, from which economic consequences flow, rather than the other way around.
David Gauke: When your bell rings in December, you expect to be sung a carol – not asked how you’re going to vote
The result of a general election next month would by no means be a foregone conclusion.
The Johnson Government should balance the Northern Ireland element of its Brexit deal by strengthening the Union – which it should be doing anyway.
At stake here is whether Britain ultimately repatriates meaningful economy policy, or remains only ever one small step away from EU re-entry.
The Prime Minister himself has said that the May Withdrawal Agreement is dead – and dual-tariff systems for Northern Ireland would be unacceptable.
David Gauke: Whatever briefings from Downing Street may claim, an election fought on a No Deal platform would be disastrous
Let me give seven examples of principles that most Conservatives would support. I struggle to reconcile them with those pursuing a No Deal Brexit at any cost.