MLex bolsters Brexit coverage with senior Brussels hire

2 November 2016.

MLex has hired Brussels veteran political journalist Simon Taylor to cover the EU side of the negotiations surrounding the UK's exit from the European Union.

His recruitment follows the hiring in July of former Brussels Daily Telegraph correspondent Matthew Holehouse to cover the Westminster angle.

Simon Taylor joins us from Politico. He has been covering EU affairs in Brussels for over 20 years, a period spanning five EU treaties. He was chief reporter, news editor and assistant editor at the European Voice, and has written for the Sunday Times and the Guardian. He has been a frequent commentator on EU affairs for the BBC and other media.

"I am delighted to have this opportunity to report on Brexit which promises to be the biggest story in my career. I am hoping to use my knowledge of the EU and my contacts to enhance further MLex's top-class service. I am really looking forward to working with the MLex team who, in my view, are some of the best journalists covering EU and regulatory affairs around."

In the UK and Continental Europe, and around the world, businesses are grappling with the regulatory implications of the Brexit decision. What new rules will apply in the UK market, and what reciprocal access the UK can negotiate for its goods and services are critical questions for companies and their advisers.

MLex, a global subscription-based news service providing insight, commentary and analysis on regulatory risk, will draw on its teams of reporters in London and Brussels, as well as reporters in its bureaus in Washington, San Francisco, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Sao Paolo, to map out the ongoing negotiations and their global impact.

"There'll be a lot of noise surrounding Brexit in the coming months and years," said Robert McLeod, MLex's editor-in-chief. "The challenge for companies is to sift through all that information to work out how the unravelling of Britain's EU membership is going to impact their business. MLex has a unique focus and expertise in providing that intelligence."

"Simon has a great reputation as a seasoned and well-connected Brussels insider with a proven track record for breaking news. We look forward to him joining the team."

Simon starts at MLex on November 7 2016.