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Brexit economic opportunity from the perspective of the Minneapolis Fed

Brexit economic opportunity from the perspective of the Minneapolis Fed

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research and Head of Economics and Social Policy — reflects on recent research from the economics department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Different scenarios are considered regarding potential EU and UK approaches to foreign direct investment, leading Lightfoot to conclude that ‘being open to such investment will be the key to improving the UK’s economic well-being’.

‘Free schools should be valued – they are changing education for the better’

‘Free schools should be valued – they are changing education for the better’

Responding to comments by former Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, John Blake — Policy Exchange’s Head of Education and Social Reform — discusses the intention and impact of the free school programme. In an article published by the TES, he argues that ‘seeking innovative practice was not an afterthought, but a core aspect of the programme, and one that has yielded enormous dividends for not just those children attending the new free schools, but the whole system’.

What has been missed or misunderstood in this week’s Euratom debate?

What has been missed or misunderstood in this week’s Euratom debate?

Matt Rooney — Policy Exchange’s Energy and Environment Research Fellow — reflects on the way in which the Government’s view that leaving the EU must also mean leaving Euratom has made this previously obscure treaty into a ‘political battleground’. Calling for a national discussion about how to withdraw from Euratom smoothly, he posits that this will be the ‘first real test of the UK’s ability to leave the EU and open up to the world’.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights gives judges too much power, and is bad for accountable government

The Charter of Fundamental Rights gives judges too much power, and is bad for accountable government

Richard Ekins – Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project — considers the Labour Party’s objection to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill’s provision that the Charter of Fundamental Rights will cease to have effect on ‘exit day’. He finds the party’s newfound enthusiasm for the Charter hard to square with its nature or history, arguing that its ‘removal from our law should be welcomed, regardless of one’s views on Brexit’.

There is an opportunity to reform how public sector pay is managed

There is an opportunity to reform how public sector pay is managed

Policy Exchange’s Economic & Social Policy Research Fellow, Jonathan Dupont, writes about the debate within the Cabinet about the cap on public sector pay, for The Times’ Red Box. He suggests that, while the cap ‘should come to an end soon’, this ‘should be done in a systematic manner, taking into account the many difficult trade-offs involved, and what is affordable’.

The real questions behind Vice Chancellors’ pay

The real questions behind Vice Chancellors’ pay

Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — reflects on the way in which the escalating rate of VC pay seems neatly emblematic of the pressing questions the Higher Education sector is facing. Policy Exchange is currently undertaking work on this topic, with a report due out in the autumn to coincide with the start of the new academic year.

US House of Representatives reaffirms bipartisan commitment to NATO’s Article 5: Could the UK Parliament follow suit?

US House of Representatives reaffirms bipartisan commitment to NATO’s Article 5: Could the UK Parliament follow suit?

John Bew and Gabriel Elefteriu of Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World project reflect on President Trump’s firmest yet statement on Article 5 — NATO’s collective-defence clause which holds that an attack on one member is an attack on all. They point out that this is a commitment that has been made after lengthy manoeuvrings both within the Administration and on Capitol Hill; and conclude by asking whether a similar resolution might pass the House of Commons.

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