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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Business groups briefing

Business groups can expect to be briefed on an "agreed" EU withdrawal text tomorrow, Wednesday 14 November.

Brexit - death by a thousand cuts

Any one still clinging to the Project Fear, things are not as bad as we were warned, fantasy — or even just told to do a quick survey of Brexit related contingency plans in action, need look no further than this epic Twitter thread by the estimable Edwin Hayward.

Business for a People's Vote

The gradual cranking up of pressure for a People's Vote on any final Brexit deal has gone up a notch with the formal launch today of Business for a People's Vote. Some 70 business leaders from all sectors of the economy are initial backers of the campaign, including Lord Myners, former City minister and chair of M&S, who called for his colleagues to finally "speak up" against imminent catastrophe in the London Standard. As part of its launch the group published a poll of 1000 businesses that showed 57% support for a People's Vote.

Councils to shape Brexit business

Professional Services will feature in one of the five new business councils set up by the Prime Minister to advise on "how to create the best business conditions" for the UK after Brexit. What is not clear yet is how or if management consulting will be represented directly, nor why these councils were not set up two years ago to help shape the Brexit negotiations.

No-Deal spooks S&P

Happy Halloween. No-deal #Brexit would trigger a UK recession and with it a crash in property prices and spikes in unemployment and inflation according to global ratings agency Standard & Poor's, reports just about everyone this morning.