The EU Withdrawal Bill – no longer so “Great”

Theresa May used to call it the “Great Repeal Bill”. But since the election its nomenclature seems to have shrunk somewhat. That is also true of the Prime Minister, says Michael Romberg, London4Europe Committee Member, while offering some advice for Labour Remainers too. In principle, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill published on Thursday is a […]

Capital gains tax and bendy bananas

Michael Romberg, London4Europe Committee member and retired senior civil servant, looks at bendy bananas and finds that life as really not simpler when regulations go away. When I worked in the Inland Revenue I was responsible for Capital Gains Tax. We launched a tax simplification project, working with private sector tax professionals. I proposed getting […]

The rules of state

As I write this piece, negotiations between the UK and EU on the former’s proposed departure are two days into a 720 day cycle. So far, even in this short time span, we have seen the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) strongly argue for Single Market Access, […]

“Great Repeal Bill” – The sovereignty of the executive

“GREAT REPEAL BILL” – THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE EXECUTIVE? In principle the Bill as described in the recent White Paper makes sense as a way of implementing Brexit: repeal the European Communities Act; turn the EU acquis into UK law except where Brexit makes it necessary to do something else. Make any policy-driven changes in […]