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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Manufacturers tell PM to revoke

UK manufacturers' umbrella organisation Make UK has called on both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to Revoke Article 50 if they cannot reach a Brexit agreement that will pass through Parliament this week. The full text of CEO Stephen Phipson's letter is here.

Government Brexit spending up

Labour Party analysis of Cabinet Office data suggests the UK government spent over £5.5 million on Brexit related management consulting in January — with EY, PwC and Bain amongst the beneficiaries.

Unite around customs union

Brexit is making Britian an international "laughing stock", Juergen Maier, chief executive of Siemens UK, says in an open letter to MPs, published by Politico today. "My message to MPs is simple. Enough is enough. We are all running out of patience. Make a decision and unite around a customs union compromise that delivers economic security and stability," Maier urges.

No way to run a country - BCC

"We are frustrated. We are angry. You have let British business down." That's Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), lambasting Westminster at the BCC's Annual Conference today. His speech is here.

CBI, TUC call for Brexit Plan B

It is a measure of the crisis facing the UK that The CBI and TUC have joined forces ahead of today's European Summit. TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady and CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister urging a change to her approach on Brexit. They have requested an urgent meeting to discuss their concerns. They warn of the "reckless damage" no deal would cause, demand a meaningful extension to Article 50, and urge Mrs May to seek a Plan B."The current deal or no deal' must not be the only choice. A Plan B must be found — one that protects workers, the economy and an open Irish border, commands a parliamentary majority, and is negotiable with the EU. A new approach is needed to secure this — whether through indicative votes or another mechanism for compromise."