Swiss Style Brexit

WEEKLY COMMENT 27-04-2017

By Barry Edwards

Swiss Style Brexit

The run up to the UK general election has brought the debate about the Brexit negotiations to the forefront with all parties claiming they have the answer to getting the best deal. Similar to the pre referendum debate, the proposals put forward currently are as unrealistic as you can get when you look at the reality of what is achievable. It is about time that a serious proposal was discussed that has some possibility of being the framework that could form the basis of an agreement. read more

European Elections

WEEKLY COMMENT 20-04-2017

By Barry Edwards

European Elections 

2017 is the year that the people of Europe are deciding who will be their leaders; all the major countries are having important elections and the UK has joined the bandwagon. Admittedly, Italy has not confirmed it will have an election but most commentators expect there will be one later this year. The four main candidates in France are neck and neck although everyone expects Marine Le Pen to be in the May vote making it difficult to predict who will challenge her, we will find out on Monday but everybody expects her to lose. read more

World Economy & Brexit

WEEKLY COMMENT 13-04-2017

By Barry Edwards

World Economy and Brexit

 

While the UK has been concentrating on Brexit, the economic outlook around the world is becoming quite positive especially since the EU is finally starting to respond to ECB quantitative easing programme. Growth in Europe is estimated to be around 2% this year and unemployment is starting to come down although youth employment is still high across southern Europe. America and Asia are both growing at a good pace and developing nations are experiencing higher growth than they have for some years now commodity prices are recovering. read more

Middle East Plan

WEEKLY COMMENT 6-04-2017

By Barry Edwards

Middle East Plan

The attack against the Syrian airbase by the Americans has dominated the headlines and changed the strategy towards managing the war. It has changed the American policy concerning the war presenting the possibility of a new approach that may lead to a solution to the entire Middle East problem. The majority of the allies in the coalition attempting to resolve the Isis occupation seem to condone the attack and it has clearly sent a message to the Syrian government and the Russians that this behaviour is unacceptable. read more