Any remaining hopes for a smooth Brexit were dashed in January with the UK Prime Minister’s failure to secure a parliamentary majority for her EU withdrawal agreement. This means that all possibilities are still open for the future after March. Leaving the EU without a deal will prevent any transition period and require firms to continue to work on their Brexit contingency planning for a wider range of scenarios. This is made all the harder by the lack of clarity about what each of the possible options will mean for a firm’s clients.
What’s in a name? Quite a lot, it turns out, if you take a look at the etymology behind it. Words can often do much more than merely tell us what something is. We can use them to trace the development of languages and how people from different periods of human history thought, and the way languages change can even tell us when certain groups of people came into contact with one another.