The announcement of a snap general election and the rapid conclusion of the shortest Parliament for more than 40 years have undoubtedly placed considerable strain on Westminster. Legislation has been rushed through or abandoned, while parliamentary committees have rapidly sought to conclude inquiries and publish reports.
Improved bomb-making capabilities and its desire to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising have made the ‘New IRA’ a genuine threat. With British security resources focused on countering Daesh, the group could see now as the opportune moment for it to make its mark.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed post-Brexit industrial strategy is commendable. However, the UK must avoid the pitfalls of an overly mercantilist policy, especially when it comes to dealing with China.