Can consulting manage Brexit?

theConsultant.eu has a new focus — Brexit.

For the foreseeable future it will be devoted to the threats and opportunities Brexit presents.

It remains a forum for Europe's management consultants to share news, gossip, opinion and analysis as they and their customers across the continent face up to the perilous challenge of the UK's decision to leave the EU.

It is edited by Dave Madden, once a management consultant and long-time editor of Management Consultant International and The Accountant. Contact The Editor on +44.1270 812774, +44.7821 901580 or editor@theconsultant.eu.

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£4.4 billion - Brexit bill so far

By 31 Jan, UK government departments had spent at least £4.4 billion on Brexit, while £6.3 billion had been made available for Brexit preparations, according to a National Audit Office report.

Will Brexiters start governing?

Professor Chris Grey asks if the Brexit government can be honest enough to deliver Brexit. Will it get real about governing?

£200 billion by 2020

New research by Bloomberg Economics estimates that Brexit has already cost the UK economy £130 billion, with a further £70 billion set to be added by the end of this year — and that's all before the new government "gets Brexit done".

SMMT sees WTO crisis ahead

Car manufacturing will lose 1.5 million cars and over £40 billion in revenues by 2024 if the UK ends up with the sort of hard Brexit implicit in PM Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement and the Conservative election manifesto, the SMMT warns. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders urges all political parties to put UK Automotive at the heart of their economic and trade policies, and says that only an ambitious Brexit deal will deliver on UK's green growth ambitions, and avoid an existential crisis for the industry.

Brexit is strangling UK science

The Brexit threat is undermining the UK's status as a world leader in science research, The Royal Society says. It points to the annual loss of Euros 0.5 billion in EU research funding since the referendum, a 40% drop in UK applications to the Horizon 2020 programme and a collapse in leading scientists moving here.