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Category: Economy

  • June 16, 2017

    The potential impact of the election result on the Brexit negotiation strategy

    Understandably, the inconclusive result of the snap General Election has led to calls from many quarters for a re-evaluation of the government’s tone and direction in the opening of formal Brexit negotiations and in the months ahead.  Following the election, I was probably the first Conservative MP to publically call for a much more compromising approach […]
  • March 30, 2017

    Bring it on: How Britain can master the long journey out of the EU

    Mark wrote the below piece following the triggering of Article 50 which appeared in today’s City AM. So little of the frenetic energy expended since the Brexit vote last summer has focused on any strategic thinking about the type of Britain that will emerge from the EU in just two years’ time. But there has […]
  • March 28, 2017

    How Brexit could benefit the City and the EU

    Mark wrote the following article which appeared in today’s Daily Telegraph. Not long after the referendum, DExEU Ministers asked the City’s leading lights to set out on two sides of A4 what they most wanted from Brexit negotiations. I am told what followed was hour upon hour of pained debate as London’s masters of finance […]
  • March 15, 2017

    Don’t panic – but remember Brexit will be a tough political process

    Everyone benefits from free trade. For years now the UK has had a persistently large trade deficit with the EU, which by rights should make Europe more amenable to doing a ‘business as usual’ Brexit deal with us. If only life were so logical our Brexit negotiations would run smoothly and full future access would […]
  • March 8, 2017

    Pakistan Tech Powerhouse Speech

    Mark was asked to speak at the UK Trade Partnership Conference on building strong bilateral links in the tech industry between the UK and Pakistan. You can find the content of his speech pasted below.   Thank you for inviting me to speak today and as a fanatical football fan may I first congratulate the […]
  • February 24, 2017

    London: City of eternal resilience

    Mark wrote the following article for today’s City AM. We have been here before. Seismic political or economic events strike like a tsunami; panic breaks out that London’s position as a leading world city is endangered. It happened in the aftermath of 2008’s financial crisis and it’s happening as Brexit looms. In 2009 the Economist […]
  • February 23, 2017

    Maintaining London’s euro-clearing crown is vital to EU as well as the UK

    Mark wrote the following piece for today’s City AM after being asked for his thoughts on euro clearing operations. London’s deep, liquid markets and the breadth of its financial and professional services mean that it stands unrivalled as a European financial centre, which is one of the reasons why it has dominated the foreign exchange […]
  • January 26, 2017

    Politics dictates a quick-fire Brexit – but a compromise is more likely than you think

    Let’s show some ambition and optimism! There really is a deal to be done with the EU27 that works in our mutual interest as we head for the exit. Not that this will be easy. I have been struck by the unity of purpose expressed at the highest level by our continental counterparties. Michel Barnier, […]
  • January 24, 2017

    Help for 18-24 year-olds in our constituency seeking work or an apprenticeship

    Fantastic work is being done in our constituency to get young people into work or structured apprenticeships. If you are a young person seeking employment or an opportunity to get experience, consider getting in touch with the YES service, a free support team which is available for 18 to 24 year-olds. YES is delivered by […]
  • January 11, 2017

    It’s time Britain stopped dancing to the tech giants’ tune

    Mark wrote the following article for today’s City AM. It can be read online here. Few tears were shed last summer at the plight of Apple Corporation, whose sweetheart deal with the Irish government was ruled unlawful by the European Union to the tune of a £11bn fine. Predictably, Eurosceptic voices were raised on this […]