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Confronting tomorrow’s challenges

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Brexit, in its current form, is not working. The practical and structural problems with the agreements negotiated by Boris Johnson’s government mean that any present or future British government will come under pressure both from the business community and public to confront the post-Brexit challenges and fix them.

November 28, 2022

is in trouble. Our growth and productivity rates cannot support our economic aspirations. Our public services are degrading in quality and ordinary families will face the biggest squeeze on living standards in the past 60 years.
needs a plan. There is widespread disaffection with traditional politics. We need a new policy agenda that turns challenge into opportunity, ensuring Britain’s place at the front of a greener, tech-driven future.
believes we can find these solutions together. Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, we need to get the right policy capable of solving our problems and unifying the country.
is in trouble. Our growth and productivity rates cannot support our economic aspirations. Our public services are degrading in quality and ordinary families will face the biggest squeeze on living standards in the past 60 years.
needs a plan. There is widespread disaffection with traditional politics. We need a new policy agenda that turns challenge into opportunity, ensuring Britain’s place at the front of a greener, tech-driven future.
believes we can find these solutions together. Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, we need to get the right policy capable of solving our problems and unifying the country.

The challenges
we face

Britain faces a transformative decade, without the ideas in place to rise to the challenge. A smarter approach to governance needs to start by confronting tomorrow’s big issues today.

Technology

The technological revolution will rival the industrial revolution in scope and scale. Tech promises to transform almost every facet of how we live, work and govern - and we are completely unprepared for the sheer scale of that. Rather than see this as a threat, we need to find strategies to ensure tech changes our society for the better.

Climate change

The climate emergency is humanity’s greatest existential threat. It is a life-and-death challenge that policymakers in Britain and beyond cannot afford to ignore. This is more than just a question of slashing emissions – Britain must also grapple with how to avoid stoking populism and compromising economic growth in pursuit of a greener future.

Brexit

Brexit uncertainty is constraining our businesses and our global influence is
fading at just the point we need it most. Britain needs to find its feet in a post-Brexit world, or risk slipping into irrelevance. We need a coherent plan to make Brexit work, staking out our economic interests and our values on the global stage.

A changing world

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has fundamentally shifted the nature of foreign and defence policy, bringing new relevance to alliances among democracies, as well as greater clarity to wider geopolitical threats. In an era of a small number of great powers and a large number of middle-strength countries, Britain needs a plan for where and how it fits in the changing world.

Economy

The UK economy is mired in an unprecedented period of stagnation, with productivity growth slowing to rates not seen since the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Wealth inequality continues to rise and, with it, intergenerational tensions are at all-time highs. We need an approach that actively prepares Britain for the challenges of today as well as tomorrow, not one that simply reacts.

Technology

The technological revolution will rival the industrial revolution in scope and scale. Tech promises to transform almost every facet of how we live, work and govern - and we are completely unprepared for the sheer scale of that. Rather than see this as a threat, we need to find strategies to ensure tech changes our society for the better.

Climate change

The climate emergency is humanity’s greatest existential threat. It is a life-and-death challenge that policymakers in Britain and beyond cannot afford to ignore. This is more than just a question of slashing emissions – Britain must also grapple with how to avoid stoking populism and compromising economic growth in pursuit of a greener future.

Brexit

Brexit uncertainty is constraining our businesses and our global influence is
fading at just the point we need it most. Britain needs to find its feet in a post-Brexit world, or risk slipping into irrelevance. We need a coherent plan to make Brexit work, staking out our economic interests and our values on the global stage.

Economy

The UK economy is mired in an unprecedented period of stagnation, with productivity growth slowing to rates not seen since the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Wealth inequality continues to rise and, with it, intergenerational tensions are at all-time highs. We need an approach that actively prepares Britain for the challenges of today as well as tomorrow, not one that simply reacts.

A changing world

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has fundamentally shifted the nature of foreign and defence policy, bringing new relevance to alliances among democracies, as well as greater clarity to wider geopolitical threats. In an era of a small number of great powers and a large number of middle-strength countries, Britain needs a plan for where and how it fits in the changing world.

Conference 2022

Where next? Watch and share the presentations and panel discussions from the day, where our lineup of experts and thought leaders shared insights and put forward new ideas for the challenges Britain faces.

July 5, 2022