Murphy winds down Article 50 Associates but keeps Brexit focus
Darren Murphy set up his new shop last year.
Labour lobbyist Darren Murphy is winding down his agency Article 50 Associates as he focuses on driving forward the new Brexit Exchange project with Dods Group and Sans Frontieres Associates.
Murphy is a former special adviser to Tony Blair who went on to establish the lobbying firm Centreground Political Communications. He sold the agency to Bell Pottinger in 2014.
He set up Article 50 Associates last year with Jon Hudson, who was an adviser to the former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie.
But both Murphy and Hudson are now on the books at Sans Frontieres Associates, which is headed up by Lord Bell and Jonathan Lehrle.
Hudson explained: “Article 50 Associates is a partner of Brexit Exchange alongside Sans Frontieres Associates, Crossing Borders and Dods Group. Following the successful launch of Brexit Exchange in May 2017, we decided to avoid confusing the Article 50 Associates and Brexit Exchange brands.”
Brexit Exchange is billed as “a Europe-wide forum for an intelligent exchange of views, led by business and listened to by politicians from across Europe, focused on promoting international dialogue and bringing together various interests and organisations that should be consulted as part of the negotiation process”.
It is led by Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Tony Blair in Downing Street, and Steffen Kampeter, former German deputy finance minister.
The next event is in Germany in September and the programme of planned international events will be rolled out as the Brexit negotiations continue.