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Commentary

Catch up on the media coverage of our latest paper on public opinion in the post-Brexit era

Monday, 2 October 2017

A landmark study of public opinion in the UK post the General Election has found that there is widespread support for Labour’s nationalisation agenda and much less support for free enterprise. Public opinion in the post-Brexit era—written by our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott and co-authored with Populus’ James Kanagasooriam, has received extensive media coverage. We've included a selection of this coverage below. You can read the comment pieces here.

 


Commentary

Read a selection of comment pieces related to our latest paper on public opinion in the post-Brexit era

Monday, 2 October 2017

A landmark study of public opinion in the UK post the General Election has found that there is widespread support for Labour’s nationalisation agenda and much less support for free enterprise. Public opinion in the post-Brexit era—written by our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott and co-authored with Populus’ James Kanagasooriam, has received extensive media coverage. We've included a selection of comment pieces below. You can read other media coverage of the paper here


Commentary

Victoria Hewson writes in the Daily Telegraph that it's time to dispel Irish border Brexit myths

Monday, 11 September 2017

Victoria, Senior Counsel to our Special Trade Commission, discusses the realities about the future of the Irish border. This follows on from our new paper which sets out the steps to minimise potential disruptions at the Irish border, so that we can ensure a future for the UK and the Republic of Ireland that is open and inclusive, that creates growth and jobs, and encourages innovation and enterprise.

Read the full article here


Publications

Mutual Interest: How the UK and EU can resolve the Irish border issue after Brexit

Monday, 11 September 2017

Legatum Institute's Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies and chair of our Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham along with authors Austen Morgan, Victoria Hewson and Alice Brooks, set out the steps to minimise potential disruptions at the Irish border, so that we can ensure a future for the UK and the Republic of Ireland that is open and inclusive, that creates growth and jobs, and encourages innovation and enterprise.

Read the paper here


Commentary

On BBC Radio4 Shanker Singham supports a creative and flexible approach in order to get the best withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK

Friday, 1 September 2017

Shanker Singham tells BBC Radio4 that a clear and timely withdrawal agreement benefits both the UK and the EU in terms of agreeing a financial settlement and a future trade relationship. 

Listen to the BBC Radio4 interview here


Commentary

Shanker Singham tells BBC Radio4 that Crawford Falconer is the best man to negotiate our trade deals

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Crawford Falconer, a trade negotiator from New Zealand and former Commissioner with our Special Trade Commission, has been appointed by the Government as chief trade negotiator for the many trade deals that need to be made once Britain has left the EU.

This is a massive undertaking and BBC Radio4 sought the views of friends, family and colleagues to shed light on Crawford's career and see if he's up to the task ahead.

Shanker Singham, Chairman of our Special Trade Commission, is confident Crawford has what it takes. He said in the interview:

"There's more than just knowledge and experience in having done negotiations. There are of course lots of people who have done that. It's also the character that you bring to this. You're going to have to have someone who is optimistic, who is vision oriented and who can see the big picture...You need somebody there who's got their eye firmly on the prize of success. One of the things about Crawford is he does have that."

Listen to the BBC Radio4 interview here


Commentary

In the Daily Telegraph Shanker Singham sets out the steps to ensure prosperity comes through free trade

Friday, 18 August 2017

Free trade and competitive markets have been the biggest force for poverty reduction since the Second World War. The UK must ensure that as it leaves the EU and re-engages with the world, it does so in such a way that allows free trade to benefit the British people, as well as peoples from other parts of the globe.

The Government’s recently released customs paper seeks to ensure that free trade works for the British people by recommending an approach to customs arrangements between the UK and EU, while also allowing us to deepen our trade relationships with the rest of the world.

At the Legatum Institute, we made a series of recommendations in our earlier paper, "Brexit and the Supply Chain". While there has been much focus on arrangements immediately after we exit the EU, the most important thing right now is that we stop negotiating with ourselves and engage with our European partners on the ultimate free-trade agreement with the EU.

 
Read the full article here


Commentary

In a BBC interview Victoria Hewson says technology will help provide border solutions with Ireland

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The BBC sought the views of our Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson on the use of technology to monitor the border. 

Victoria reiterated that Government doesn't want physical borders so the technology used would need to be away from the border solutions. Solutions include filing customs declarations electronically, this system is currently used outside the customs union. 

Listen to the interview here

 

 


Commentary

Shanker Singham discusses how to reinvigorate the World Trade Organization with experts from around the world

Friday, 11 August 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of our Special Trade Commission, joined the UK's Permanent Representative Julian Braithwaite and trade representatives from numerous countries to examine whether the stimulus provided by Brexit could provide fresh impetus for the WTO services agenda. Those attending suggested that they expected the UK to play a future leadership role within the WTO as the world's fifth largest economy. Yet they argued that Britain's role as the world's second biggest exporter of services also offered an opportunity to revive the WTO services agenda, which is widely considered to have made minimal progress over the past two decades.

 


Commentary

Shanker Singham writes in City A.M. that it's crucial the UK has a clear trade policy on day one of Brexit

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Responding to the increased confusion about what Brexit will look like for the UK, Shanker explains in City A.M. that without a clear plan with instills confidence the rest of the world will move on without us. 

He says that both the UK and EU must promptly declare their intentions to agree a trade agreement. Shanker goes on to say that if we are to make the most of the trade opportunities before us we must make effective plans now that can be implemented as soon as Brexit happens. 

"The UK must be able to provide the clarity of being out of the Customs Union and EEA on day one of Brexit, with a regulatory base-line that will result from the porting over of most EU law through the Great Repeal Bill. That way, other countries know exactly what they are dealing with, and can conclude deals as soon as they are ready."

Read the full article here


Commentary

Matthew Elliott tells City A.M. readers that a string of new appointments has re-energised Downing Street and renewed its focus on delivering the best deal for Britain

Friday, 4 August 2017

In City A.M.’s guest notes our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott reflects on the success of the Prime Minister’s new appointees and the renewed energy this has brought to Downting Street. Matthew explains why it’s crucial for the Government to deliver on its pledge to build more homes and observes that business leaders are still seeking confidence-boosting measures. Matthew finishes by putting forward the case for the Taoiseach to push for a strong EU-UK trade deal. A case that will be looked at in detail in a paper we will be publishing shortly. 

Read the full article here

Commentary

Matthew Elliott shares his vision for Brexit in an interview with Financial News

Monday, 24 July 2017

In his interview with Financial News, Matthew discusses his vision for a global Britain following Brexit, a vision he believes the Prime Minister shares. 

He is optimistic that the UK can secure a good deal: "The immediate reaction after the referendum from some parts of the EU was that we must punish the UK and make it as difficult as possible, but if you look at the mood music coming from Brussels and Michel Barnier [the EU's chief negotiator] now, it's all about how can we work out a deal that is the best possible for both sides."

Read the full interview here


Commentary

Listen to Victoria Hewson debate the prospects of a UK/US trade deal following Brexit on the Telegraph's weekly podcast

Friday, 14 July 2017

On The Telegraph's Chopper's Brexit Podcast, Victoria Hewson joined Labour MP Stephen Kinnock and Conservative MP Sir Bill Cash to debate the prospects of a new UK/US trade deal. Victoria discusses the merits for such a deal and why it's imperative to secure this before Brexit in 2019.

Listen here

 


Commentary

Special Trade Commissioner says Brexit can foster a more open and faster growing economy

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Alan Oxley, an Australian diplomat and member of our Special Trade Commission writes about the importance of seizing the opportunities presented by Brexit. 

Read the full article here.


Commentary

Matthew Elliott sets out why we must restate the case for free trade

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

In an interview with Atlas Network, Matthew says, "I think we need to start making the case again for free trade." He went on to highlight the importance in getting a free trade agreement between the UK and EU.

Read the full article here


Events

The Road Ahead: Transport, Business and Brexit – a view from the Secretary of State

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

On Tuesday 11 July at 12.15pm the Legatum Institute Business Forum will host Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP.  He was a leading figure in the successful Leave campaign, and one of the referendum’s most notable optimists about the opportunities for Britain outside of the EU. With negotiations now underway, Chris Grayling is playing a key role within Government to help provide the certainty required to enable businesses to invest and deliver prosperity, both now and after Brexit.

This is an invitation only event for Business Forum members. However, if you wish to participate please contact Izabela Joshi - izabela.joshi@li.com 


Commentary

In ConservativeHome Shanker Singham sets out the reasons why we must leave the European Economic Area and Customs Union

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Some of the benefits of leaving the EEA and Customs Union and entering a new trade deal include:

  • Improving the UK's domestic economic environment
  • Making trade deals with countries bilaterally
  • Improving the global rules by taking a more active role in the WTO and other global bodies

Shanker wrote that, "other countries are looking at the UK as being a potential partner whose attraction is not only its size, but also the fact that we would be more open than the EU with respect to out regulatory structure and domestic environment.  If we are merely identical to the EU but smaller, we will not be a particularly attractive partner."

He concluded by saying, "policymakers should not be surprised, if they choose to remain in the Customs Union, EEA or EEA agreement for any length of time, that our trading partners will choose other players to dance with."

Read the full article here.


Commentary

Watch Philippa Stroud address the House of Lords saying that standing united is the pathway to prosperity.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Yesterday in a speech in the House of Lords, our CEO Philippa Stroud spoke about the priority to build a more united country that strengthens social, economic and cultural bonds.

Watch the speech here.


Commentary

Watch Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott interviewed on Daily Politics about Brexit, one year on.

Friday, 23 June 2017

One year on from the vote to leave the EU, our Senior Fellow was interviewed by BBC's Daily Politics about his thoughts on the process so far and his predictions for how Brexit negotiations will proceed. Matthew explained why is he positive about the UK's future and the opportunities that are available now that the UK is leaving the EU.

Watch the interview here.


Commentary

In an interview with the Daily Express, Shanker Singham says French President, Emmanuel Macron will be too busy with domestic challenges to get involved in Brexit

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

In an interview with the Daily Express our Shanker Singham, our Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies said that Emmanuel Macron will be too busy dealing with the many internal challenges France faces that he simply won't have time to involve himself in the UK leaving the EU, as many have predicted. 

“I’m not sure how much power Macron is actually going have because the first thing he has got to do is figure out how he is going to govern France, let alone figure out the European side of things. 

“It is going to be very difficult for him to govern France. The problem that he has is the people who voted for Marine Le Pen are voting for a set of policies that basically are diametrically opposite to the policies Macron has.

“So it’s not as if you have two people who have broadly similar positions and then differ on a view things: they are absolutely diametrically opposed.”

 Read the full article here


Commentary

Shanker Singham writes for the Daily Telegraph about what constitutes a good Brexit deal

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Our Director of Economic Policy, Shanker Singham writes that as we start negotiations to exit the EU it's crucial that those elected provide the leadership required to ensure Britain can maximise the opportunity that Brexit will present, while minimising the disruption. 

Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph here

 


Publications

Developing a True Transatlantic Partnership—a High Standard Trade Agreement to Propel the Global Economy

Monday, 19 June 2017

Our latest Special Trade Commission Paper sets out how the UK should negotiate a strong and effective Free Trade Agreement with the US.

Read the full report here.


Commentary

Government appoints Legatum’s Special Trade Commissioner, Crawford Falconer, as chief trade negotiator for post-Brexit deals.

Monday, 19 June 2017

We are very proud that our Commissioner, Crawford Falconer has been appointed as the UK’s first Chief Trade Negotiations Advisor, and Second Permanent Secretary in the Department of International Trade (DIT). 

 

 


Commentary

Philippa Stroud reflects on the lessons we can learn from the General Election to ensure our country works for everyone

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our CEO, Philippa Stroud reflects on the General Election result and what we can learn from this as we strive to create opportunities that will enable all British people to flourish.

 


Commentary

In an interview with the Daily Express, Shanker Singham said the UK will be expected to become a trade leader

Thursday, 8 June 2017

In an interview with the Daily Express our Shanker Singham, our Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies. Shanker said that the World Trade Organization (WTO) will expect the UK to become trade leaders once leaving the European Union. 

 Read the full article here


Commentary

Victoria Hewson discussed the future of free trade as part of a panel at the International Financial Services Forum

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Victoria Hewson was part of a panel which discussed how firms should navigate their way through the unprecedented change that has resulted from the triggering of Article 50.

Watch the discussion here

 


Commentary

Victoria Hewson writes for Compliance and Risk Magazine about the future of financial services in the UK post-Brexit

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Paul Edmondson, Partner, and Victoria Hewson, Counsel to the Legatum Institute
and Senior Associate, at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP summarise the issues concerning regulation of the financial services market post-Brexit.

Read the full article here.

 


Commentary

Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott recently visited America where he made the case for a strong US-UK trade deal

Monday, 22 May 2017

During a recent trip to the United States, our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott visited seven states making the case for the US-UK trade deal through a series of speeches, debates and interviews.


Commentary

Shanker Singham and Victoria Hewson write for CapX on the EU-Singapore case which gives the EU wide negotiating latitude

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Court of Justice of the EU has found that the EU’s competence in trade negotiations is more extensive than even the Advocate-General opined last year. In CapX, Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Special Trade Commission and Victoria Hewson, Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission write that this should make it easier for the EU to do deals with other countries including the UK.   

Read the full article here

 


Commentary

Shanker Singham was interviewed by talkRADIO about the European Commission's style of negotiating

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Following reports that Jean-Claude Juncker had leaked details of a recent meeting with Prime Minister, Theresa May, Shanker Singham, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, spoke with talkRADIO about the damage this will do to Juncker and the European Commission.

Listen to the interview here.


Commentary

The Sunday Times interviewed Shanker Singham on trade negotiations

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, was interviewed for The Sunday Times on the process for negotiating trade deals as the UK exits the European Union. 

Read the interview here

Read our latest paper, A Blueprint for Trade Policy, here.


Commentary

Former Trade Minister says UK has the chance to be a global trade leader

Friday, 28 April 2017

The Legatum Institute is committed to playing a positive role in mapping out Britain's post-Brexit future which is why we partnered with Prosperity UK to deliver our inaugural conference. With leading policy makers, politicians, academics and business people from across the globe, the conference was successful in generating ideas and creating a positive vision for the UK to flourish after leaving the European Union. 

Sir Lockwood Smith, a former New Zealand Trade Minister and former High Commissioner to the UK, offered valuable insights from his time negotiating trade deals. In an excerpt from his speech to the conference he shares his optimism for UK's trade prospects.

 


Publications

A Blueprint for UK Trade Policy

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

In this paper Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, sets out a blueprint for pursuing trade policy after Brexit.


Events

Sir Paul Marshall And Lord Hill discuss the upcoming Prosperity UK Conference.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

On Wednesday 26 April, the Prosperity UK Conference brought together leading policy makers, politicians, academics and business people to chart the course for the U.K. once it departs from the European Union.


Commentary

Shanker Singham delivers a keynote address to the Heritage Foundation on the trade opportunities between the UK and the USA following Brexit

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham delivered a keynote address to the Heritage Foundation in which he discussed the opportunities post Brexit for the UK to forge new trade relationships with nations around the world, including, the United States.

Watch the speech here.


Commentary

Brexit could lead UK to avoid TTIP snags in trade negotiations with U.S.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham spoke with Inside U.S. Trade's World Online, a leading platform for trade news and development. Shanker said he expects the UK to break away from the EU on issues such as financial services regulatory cooperation, standards setting, and agricultural non-tariff barriers -- all significant points of contention between the EU and U.S. during the now-stalled TTIP talks. Such moves could pave the way for easier negotiations between the U.S. and UK, he believes.

Read the full article here


Commentary

Antigua Observer: British economist says go to London now

Thursday, 13 April 2017

In the Antigua Observer, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham dismissed the many gloomy post-Brexit outlooks for trade between the UK and the Caribbean, instead urging Antigua & Barbuda to engage London immediately on new trade arrangements. Those arrangements will benefit from a number of key UK policy changes resulting from its already determined 2019 exit from the European Union.

Read the full article here


Publications

A new UK/EU relationship in financial services – A bilateral regulatory partnership

Thursday, 13 April 2017

A joint report by the Special Trade Commission and law firm CMS sets out how coordination of financial services regulation between the UK and the EU after Brexit could work – to maintain cross-border financial services trade and improve competitiveness in the sector.


Events

The Road to Somewhere, with David Goodhart

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Legatum Institute hosted a public lecture on 5th April  by best-selling author and political commentator David Goodhart, on his new book, The Road to Somewhere.


Commentary

Facing the challenges of Brexit

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Senior Fellow, Matthew Elliott was a keynote speaker at a business conference in Berlin on ‘Facing the challenges of Brexit’. The conference was organised by INREV, the pan-European association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles. Matthew spoke alongside Karel Lannoo, CEO of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).


Commentary

Shanker Singham comments on this week's triggering of Article 50.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singhamwrites that it is crucial we make the most of the trade opportunities before us now that Article 50 has been triggered. This will ensure Britain flourishes and propers post-Brexit. 


Commentary

Matthew Elliott was interviewed by BBC News for his thoughts on the historic triggering of Article 50.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott, shared his analysis with BBC News on the future for the UK now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Watch the interview here.


Commentary

Matthew Elliott was interviewed by Sky News for his analysis of the triggering of Article 50.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

With the historic triggering of Article 50, Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott, was interviewed by Sky News on how this will shape the UK's future and the opportunities presented.

Watch the interview here.


Commentary

Shanker Singham was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 live on the triggering of Article 50.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham talks about the opportunities for the UK to develop strong trade deals post-Brexit.

Listen to the interview here.


Commentary

Matthew Elliott was interviewed by BBC Radio Humberside on the triggering of Article 50.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

BBC Radio Humberside asked Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott,for his thoughts on the opportunities for Britain now that Article 50 has been triggered.

Listen to the interview here.


Commentary

Both sides want a Brexit trade deal - here's where to start: Shanker Singham writes for CapX

Monday, 27 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singhamsays for the UK, the ultimate goal is not a deal with the EU, important though that is. It is a comprehensive and independent trade policy. That policy should be built on four fundamental pillars: what we can do unilaterally, bilaterally, plurilaterally and multilaterally.

Read the full article here


Commentary

Shanker Singham writes in City A.M. that a deal or no deal Brexit rhetoric is "not helpful"

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, writes for City A.M.that debate should be focused on what measures May can secure for transition.

Read the article in City A.M. here.

Commentary

Shanker Singham writes for the Daily Telegraph about the importance of continuing to push towards global free trade.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham says it is crucial that we push towards a goal of free trade, free markets and genuine competition within borders. If we are able to reduce the anti-competitive distortions which thwart competition, we will be able to ensure that wealth is created and the global economy grows.

Read the full article here


Commentary

Shanker Singham was interviewed for BBC Radio 4's Today Programme on the prospects for the U.K. following Brexit.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

At Westminster, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham talks about the great opportunities for the U.K. in developing strong trade deals post-Brexit.

Listen to the interview here.


Commentary

Shanker Singham features in a City A.M. editorial saying Brexit is an opportunity to put Britain at the heart of a global trade revolution.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, is featured in a City A.M. editorial discussing the trade opportunities for the UK following Brexit. 

Read the article in City A.M. here.

Commentary

Matthew Elliott on Sky News discussing the Dutch election results.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Following his analysis of the Dutch elections, Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott, was interviewed by Sky News on the Dutch election results, Brexit and the rise of populism.


Commentary

Matthew Elliott on BBC Radio 5 live on the Dutch election result.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Following his analysis of the Dutch elections, Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott, was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live's Up All Night programme. 


Commentary

Matthew Elliott provides everything you need to know about the Dutch elections in CapX.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Senior Fellow, Matthew Elliott, writes a useful guides for CapX on the Dutch elections, following the release of his paper ahead of the election which provides context for these elections and looks at the rise of populism.

Read the article in CapX here.

Commentary

Matthew Elliott writes for City A.M. on the upcoming Dutch election.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Senior Fellow, Matthew Elliott, writes for City A.M. that ahead of the Dutch election it is important not to overplay the similarities between Brexit voters and Geert Wilders' Dutch populists. 


Commentary

Shanker Singham delivers speech to Commonwealth Trade Ministers.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham recently delivered a speech to the Commonwealth Trade Ministers' meeting in London looking at ways to re-energise Commonwealth trade policy.


Commentary

Shanker Singham writes for the Daily Telegraph that openness will be the key in winning the best WTO deal.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Director of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham looks at how the U.K. can get the best WTO deal following Brexit, emphasising the importance of our domestic situation and the need for openness.


Commentary

Shanker Singham spoke at the recent Conservative Progress conference about opportunities presented by Brexit.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham spoke at the 2017 Conservative Progress conference talks about the potential for post-Brexit U.K. trade and why the future might be brighter than some people believe. 

 


Commentary

Baroness Stroud writes in ConservativeHome, urging the Chancellor to boost Universal Credit in the upcoming budget

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Our CEO, Baroness Stroud makes the compelling case in ConservativeHome that it is possible for the government to fulfill their promise to be driven by the interests of the just about managing by investing in Universal Credit. 


Press Release

Legatum Institute responds to George Osborne’s BCC speech

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

LONDON— Chair of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham, responds to former Chancellor George Osborne’s remarks at the British Chambers of Commerce conference today - 28th February.

Publications

Brexit: World Trade Organization Process and Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Legatum Institute's Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies and chair of our Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham writes about best practice for the U.K. to negotiate Free Trade Agreements following Brexit in this short paper, Brexit: World Trade Organization Process and Negotiation of Free Trade Agreements

Commentary

BBC Radio 4 interviews Shanker Singham on the trade opportunities for the UK following Brexit

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Chairman of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham contributed, and was interviewed for, BBC Radio 4's recent series called, Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed. 


Commentary

Shanker Singham & Victoria Hewson in The Daily Telegraph: Britain and the EU can have a great free trade future

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Our Chairman of The Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham and Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson write for The Daily Telegraph about the positive free trade opportunities between Britain and the EU.

Events

Brexit Trade Briefing with the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Last week the Legatum Institute hosted the inaugural conference of its Special Trade Commission (STC), in London.


Publications

Special Trade Commission: Brexit, Movement of Goods and the Supply Chain

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Legatum Institute Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies, Shanker Singham and Senior Counsel for the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson author a new Legatum Institute paper that looks at the trade opportunities for the U.K. resulting from Brexit.


Events

Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission Conference in London

Monday, 6 February 2017

The Legatum Institute is delighted to host the inaugural conference of its Special Trade Commission (STC), from Monday 6 February – Wednesday 8 February, in London.


Press Release

Legatum Institute Appoints Matthew Elliott as a Senior Fellow

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

LONDON—The Legatum Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Elliott as a Senior Fellow.

Commentary

Baroness Stroud responds to the Supreme Court verdict on the triggering of Article 50

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The CEO of the Legatum Institute and Conservative Peer, Baroness Stroud looks at the possible outcomes in Parliament and wider politics as a result of the Government losing this case. 

Events

Brexit: A Pathway Forward

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

(from left to right) Shanker Singham, Director of the Economics of Prosperity Programme, David Davis, State Secretary for Exiting the EU, Tim Hames (Director General of the BVCA) and Philippa Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute.

As part of the Legatum Institute's Business Forum, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, expanded on the strategy for Brexit negotiations, the most important and sensitive task for the UK Government in the coming months. 

He confirmed the Government's intention to trigger Article 50 at the end of March 2017, begining the two year period of negotiation with the EU and that their intention was to “minimise the costs and maximise the benefits” of whatever the relationship would be in the future.

We were extremely grateful for the support of the BVCA for this event 


Events

Post-Brexit Briefing: The Future of Agricultural and Fisheries Policy

Thursday, 8 December 2016

The next post-Brexit briefing of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission discussed the future of Britain’s agriculture and fisheries industries post CAP and CFP.

Commentary

Victoria Bateman: Is The UK's Industrial Policy Bound to Backfire?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Legatum Fellow, Victoria Bateman, examines the fraught and difficult history of forming a strong and coherent industrial policy and what this means for the UK. (Bloomberg)

Commentary

Victoria Bateman: Brexit—200 Years in the Making

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Legatum Fellow, Victoria Bateman, reflects on 200 years of history to explain some of the factors behind why Britain voted to leave the EU (World Economic Forum)

Events

New American Leadership, Brexit and What’s Next

Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Legatum Institute, in partnership with the Manhattan Institute, hosted a one-day conference on some of the most important issues facing the next American Administration, and the related implications on the 'Special Relationship' with post-Brexit Britain.

Events

Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index programme hosted a discussion with Carol Graham, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Sir (Gus) O'Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary. They discussed Graham's forthcoming book, Happiness for All? Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream, and how to employ ‘Economics of Wellbeing’ to improve policy-making.

Commentary

Shanker Singham: Just as MPs Can’t Negotiate Britain’s Brexit, So They Can’t Negotiate its Future Trade Deals

Sunday, 13 November 2016

In an article for ConservativeHome, Shanker Singham, Chair of the Special Trade Commission, says we need fast-track deals—which Parliament should endorse or reject—but can’t write.

Commentary

Shanker Singham: UK Must Weigh Up Cost of EEA Membership

Thursday, 10 November 2016

In an article for Reaction, Shanker Singham (Chair of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission), urges the UK to establish its own EU trade agreement.

Publications

Special Trade Commission: Cost of EEA Membership for UK Briefing

Monday, 7 November 2016

While there has been much speculation as to the cost of the UK leaving the Customs Union and European Single Market, little thought has been put into the cost associated with remaining in the Customs Union or Single Market in lost opportunities to sign trade deals with other countries. This paper looks at the opportunity costs, and what could be achieved if the UK were able to sign a deal for a Prosperity Zone including like-minded countries, coalesced around the fundamental ideas of open trade, competition on the merits and property rights protection.

Publications

Special Trade Commission: Financial Services Briefing

Monday, 31 October 2016

One of the major issues in the forthcoming process of the UK leaving the EU is the area of the negotiations that relate to financial services. This policy paper, produced by the Legatum Institute's 'Special Trade Commission', makes essential recommendations for how to negotiate deals that will enable a thriving and prosperous sector, post-Brexit.

Our most recent paper on this topic is “A New UK/EU relationship in financial services – A bilateral regulatory partnership”.


Commentary

Nick Clegg Attacked for Claiming Brexit Will Cause Food Prices to Rise

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Nick Clegg faced a furious backlash yesterday evening as he was rounded on for claiming food prices would jump after the UK leaves the EU, writes Jake Cordell with Shanker Singham contributing. (City AM)

Commentary

Brexit Britain Can Be a Catalyst for Global Free Trade

Monday, 10 October 2016

We need a new strategy that develops competition and free trade for Britain and the world says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Reaction)

Commentary

Free Trade's Critics Were Once Its Champions

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Globalisation is clearly under attack, whether we look at trade flows or foreign direct investment, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (Bloomberg)

Events

Post-Brexit Briefing: Frozen Capital—A Case Study of Iceland

Thursday, 6 October 2016

The most recent briefing of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission (STC) discussed the specific case of the capital controls regime in Iceland and its current period of amendment, which represents a key distortion in EFTA markets’ financial services regulation.

Commentary

Patriotism Needn’t Be a Dirty Word

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The most successful patriots combine their ideals with a global outlook, writes Victoria Bateman, Legatum Institute Fellow (CapX)

 


Events

Trade Negotiations: An Opportunity After Brexit—How to Get it Right—2016 Conservative Party Conference

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Brexit: Get it right and Britain can help create a new golden age of free trade and prosperity; get in wrong and protectionism, populism and impoverishment will follow. This panel at the 2016 Conservative Party Conference explored these issues and explained how an ambitious and radical trade agenda could deliver on the promise of a revitalised nation.

Events

48:52—Healing a Divided Britain—2016 Conservative Party Conference

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The Legatum Institute and the Centre for Social Justice launched a new joint report that analyses why Britons voted the way they did in June's EU Referendum. The report also offers the Government a roadmap for how to unite a divided country, whilst ensuring those living in poverty have the chance to move towards a more meaningful and prosperous live.

Publications

48:52—Healing a Divided Britain

Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Legatum Institute and the Centre for Social Justice have published a joint report that analyses why those who voted to leave the EU chose to do so, and how the UK Government can bridge the gap between people who are benefiting from a more globally connected world and those who fear for their, and their children’s, future.

Publications

The Road to Brexit

Saturday, 1 October 2016

In the wake of the British vote to exit the EU, All Souls College (University of Oxford) hosted a seminar on the process and necessary priorities for the UK government to ensure a positive outcome for the country. This collection of essays shares some of those recommendations and indentifies the critical need for the UK to be clear about what it wants, and how it intends to deliver it.

Commentary

Theresa May Must Get Tough On the Causes of Brexit

Friday, 30 September 2016

The tendency of commentators from all sides of the debate has been to seek information that confirms their prejudices. Our two think tanks have tried to take a different approach, writes Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and Baroness Stroud, Executive Director at the Centre for Social Justice (Conservative Home)

Press Release

Britain Could Be Out of the EU in Less Than Two Years, According to Ex-Ministers' Blueprint

Thursday, 29 September 2016

LONDON—Plans for a swift and straightforward British exit from the European Union have been drawn up by a group of senior former ministers and circulated to the Prime Minister and her key advisers.

Press Release

'Tough on Brexit, Tough On the Causes of Brexit’, Urge Leading Think Tanks

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

LONDON—A major new study published today has found the vote to leave the EU was part of a “deeper malaise” in British society, and calls on Theresa May to continue wide-ranging social reform to address the real causes of the Brexit vote.

Events

What Does the City of London Need from the Brexit Negotiations?

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, Mark Boleat, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation, discussed the potential impact of Brexit on the City of London.

Commentary

Fox Declares Trade Ministry ‘Open For Business’

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Britain’s settlement with the EU will depend in part on how well it appears to have proceeded with the non-EU trade talks, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Financial Times)

Commentary

Brexit is About to Open Up a World of Opportunity

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Released from the strictures of the European Union, Britain can once more take its place at the centre of a network of trading relationships and agreements, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (The Times)

Events

Post-Brexit Briefing: Financial Services

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The latest post-Brexit briefing of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission (STC) focused on how the UK’s vibrant financial services sector can be best served in the Brexit negotiations with Europe. The conversation was led by Steve Baker, MP for Wycombe and Treasury Select Committee member.

Our most recent paper on this topic is “A New UK/EU relationship in financial services – A bilateral regulatory partnership”.


Commentary

A Good UK-EU Trade Deal is Good for the World

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

If handled well and with care Brexit offers future trade partners many potential advantages says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Reaction)

Commentary

New Trade War Threatens Global Order as TTIP Talks Stall

Saturday, 3 September 2016

The failing support and popularity for TTIP has much to do with a lack of governmental PR and information but Britain can still prosper post-Brexit. Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission is quoted in the Daily Telegraph.

Commentary

Britain Can Get a Much Better US Trade Deal Than the EU's Failing TTIP

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

While TTIP stumbles on towards an unknown destination, post-Brexit Britain has a chance to forge a better trade deal with the US writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. (City A.M.)

Commentary

Brexit Britain Has a Historic Opportunity To Reshape Global Trade

Monday, 22 August 2016

Brexit represents a historic opportunity for Britain to reclaim its leadership role in promoting open trade, competition and the protection of property rights says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. (Reaction)

Commentary

The Common Agricultural Policy is Iniquitous and Inefficient. Now, With Brexit, We Can Be Fairer and More Productive

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Brexit provides Britain with a wonderful opportunity to re-design one of the most ill-thought through policies of modern times argues Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Daily Telegraph)

Commentary

Special Trade Commission Warns UK to Treat China With "Kid Gloves", and Focus on Secure Deals with Countries with "Similar Values"

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Legatum Institute's recently-launched Special Trade Commission is calling on the UK to focus on negotiations with culturally similar nations (City A.M.)

Commentary

Brexit Doomsday? Britain's Many Surprises

Friday, 12 August 2016

Quoted in an article for Voice of AmericaShanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute discusses the issues surrounding Brexit and the opportunities to build a vibrant trade network.

Commentary

Should Philip Hammond Cut VAT to Support Post-referendum Economy?

Thursday, 28 July 2016

In the Post-Brexit economy, what are the political and economic advantages a VAT cut would bring about? City A.M. journalist Jake Cordell outlines the thoughts of the UK’s leading economic thinkers with comment provided by Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute. (City A.M.) 

Commentary

How Britain Can Boldly Seize the New Opportunities Created by Brexit in Trade and Beyond

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute, outlines his proposal for how Britain can seize—and thrive from—the opportunities presented by Brexit (City A.M.)

Events

Launch of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Legatum Institute has launched a new Special Trade Commission (STC), created in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union. The STC aims to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations which the UK will need to undertake at this critical historical juncture.

Commentary

That ’70’s Chaos Show All Over Again

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The parallels between the populist themes of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and the rise of anti-EU feeling in the UK as well as across Europe is striking and must be recognised if we are to do anything to address it, writes Christian Caryl, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow and editor of Democracy Lab (Politico)

Commentary

Unshackled from the EU, Britain Must Choose Its Trade Partners Wisely

Monday, 18 July 2016

Following the UK’s choice to leave the European Union, the government must not rush into trade deals with other countries and complacently believe they all require a uniform approach to trade negotiation, writes Shanker Singham, Legatum Institute’s Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies (CapX)

Commentary

May’s 48/52 Challenge

Friday, 15 July 2016

The newly announced “48:52” project from the Legatum Institute and the Centre for Social Justice will seek to analyse why people made the choice they did in the EU Referendum and heal the divisions caused by it, as laid out by Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and Baroness Stroud, Executive Director at the Centre for Social Justice (Conservative Home)

Commentary

Dear Chancellor, Provide Stability but Let's Keep Our Options Open

Friday, 15 July 2016

In an article for CAPX, Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute discusses the issues surrounding the chancellors pledge to match EU funding for former programs. (CAPX)

Events

Brexit: What the Law Says

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

In conversation with Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute, legal scholars Geoffrey Robertson and Catherine Barnard, and political scientist Alan Renwick clarified what the law says about the UK’s future path following the outcome of the EU Referendum.

Commentary

Is Free Trade Dead?

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The UK would suffer the most if it withdrew into a protectionist culture following Brexit, writes Emily Redding, Research Consultant at the Legatum Institute and author of the report “Trading Up: New ideas for UK Exports” (POLITICO)

Commentary

After Brexit, Britain Suddenly Becomes European

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Post-Brexit, the old ideological differences that defined the political spectrum in UK political parties are now gone, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

Commentary

The UK Needs a Special Trade Representative

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Following Brexit, the UK must appoint a special trade representative to ensure it gets the best possible deal for Britain, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (Reaction)

Press Release

Britain Will Remain a Divided Nation Unless the Next Prime Minister Reaches Out to the ‘Have Nots’, Warns Two Top Think Tanks

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

LONDON—Two of the country’s leading think tanks, Centre for Social Justice and Legatum Institute, have warned the next Prime Minister that Britain will remain a divided nation unless he or she can truly understand why such a large part of the country has lost faith in mainstream politics.

Commentary

Brexiteers on the Left Are Following a Yellow Brick Road, Destined for Disappointment

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Is Brexit an opportunity for the left to respond to the ‘working class revolt’ among Britons, and reform capitalism for the better? Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman argues that there are three categories of Leave voter, and each have very different motivations (LSE Blogs)

Events

21st Century Capitalism: The Tools to Deal with Trade Policy

Thursday, 30 June 2016

The Legatum Institute's Economics of Prosperity programme was pleased to host a breakfast discussion with Razeen Sally, one of the world’s leading trade experts.

Commentary

Brexit: Reaching for a Higher Vision

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Opportunities are usually born out of crisis; in many ways, Britain has been dealt an exceptionally good hand. It is now time to play it, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Commentary

What the Media Gets Wrong about Brexit

Monday, 27 June 2016

The media should remember that many of the architects and proponents of the Brexit campaign are among Britain’s elite, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

Commentary

Britain’s Decision to Leave the EU is a Warning to America

Friday, 24 June 2016

The vote means important economic, political and social problems across Europe will not be addressed, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

Commentary

Understanding the Anti-Immigrant Mindset

Thursday, 23 June 2016

As Britain decides whether or not to leave the European Union, it is clear that one issue created the greatest source of tension: immigration, writes Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (BloombergView)

Commentary

A Brexiteer Reluctantly for Remain

Monday, 20 June 2016

Losing Europe as a carrier of classical liberalism would be a disaster for Europe and for the world, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Commentary

Why Patriotic England Can’t See Outside Itself

Friday, 17 June 2016

The paradox of Britain becoming utterly globalised—and more insulated, writes Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Politico)

Commentary

Orlando, Jo Cox and the Deadly Ideas that Shape Our World

Friday, 17 June 2016

Over the past week, two men have committed murder in highly charged circumstances. Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, asks whether the killers’ actions are the result of personality disorders, political motivation, or both? (Washington Post)

Events

Britain and Europe: Culture, Country or Continent?

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Legatum Institute's 'Roads to Freedom' Series hosted a panel discussion ahead of the UK’s forthcoming EU Referendum that offered a fresh perspective through analysing Britain's relationship with continental Europe in the context of a thousand years of history.

Events

The Government’s Role in Creating a Prosperous Economy

Monday, 13 June 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, the Rt. Hon. Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, for an off-the-record discussion on the government’s role in creating a prosperous economy.

Commentary

Exit From EU Would Hit Poor UK Families Hard

Thursday, 9 June 2016

The impact of an exit from the European Union on low-income households can be expected to be severe—particularly if the government wishes to balance its books, writes Legatum Fellow Victoria Bateman (BloombergView)

Commentary

Britain’s Trade Future in Question if Brexit Happens?

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Obama has warned that Britain will lose its preferred position at the TTIP negotiating table if it leaves the EU. But that's not how trade deals are done, argues Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (Voice of America)

Events

Why Britain Should Remain in the EU

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, the Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson, who heads the Labour Party’s EU referendum campaign, discussed the importance of convincing the Labour Party supporters to vote for the UK to remain in the European Union.

Events

Britain's Future in the World: A Time of Choosing

Thursday, 5 May 2016

As the EU referendum approaches, the Legatum Institute hosted a debate on Britain’s role in the world with Steve Baker (MP for Wycombe), Gideon Rachman (Financial Times) and Anne Applebaum (Legatum Institute).

Commentary

I'm No Fan of Obama. But on Brexit, He Does Speak for America

Saturday, 23 April 2016

In Washington, the opposition to a British withdrawal from the European Union is deep, broad and bipartisan, shared by liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans alike writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (The Spectator)

Commentary

Why Obama is Right to Urge Britain to Stay in the EU

Thursday, 21 April 2016

The United States can't afford for the UK to lose its foothold as a world leader, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post).

Commentary

Great Britain’s Role in the World

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The dawning realisation that Britain has never, and will never commit to political union, means that regardless of what happens in the Brexit referendum, Britain is on a path to an alternative 'landing zone', writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)

Events

Brexit Implications for UK Business

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

As part of the Legatum Institute’s Business Forum, Hugo Dixon, International New York Times columnist and Chairman of pro-EU campaign initiative InFacts, discussed the likely consequences of ‘Brexit’, making the case for continued UK membership of the European Union.

Commentary

Can the Odd Couple of Cameron and Corbyn Save Britain’s EU Membership?

Friday, 15 April 2016

The referendum has produced the awkward spectacle of a Labour leader having to ditch his lifelong anti-Europeanism, and a Conservative prime minister whose survival is reliant on left-wing voters, writes Legatum fellow Tim Montgomerie (CapX)

Events

Brexit Debate: Britain Will Be More Prosperous Inside the EU

Monday, 11 April 2016

As part of the 1675 Club series, Abigail Watson (Research Intern at the Legatum Institute) moderated a roundtable table discussion on the forthcoming EU referendum. The motion was: “Britain will be more prosperous inside the EU”

Commentary

Leaving the EU Will Weaken Britain and Its Place in Europe

Friday, 8 April 2016

With Western values facing unprecedented challenges, undermining Europe is a risk too far, argues Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum (Evening Standard)

Commentary

Is This the End of the West As We Know It?

Friday, 4 March 2016

In her latest column for the Washington Post, Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, fears we are two or three bad elections away from the end of the liberal world order.

Commentary

Leaving the EU Will Hurt British Science

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Replacing European science grants with British government grants will not repair the damage to the science base of the economy should Britain decide to leave the EU, argues Victoria Bateman, Legatum Fellow (BloombergView)

Commentary

Cameron Needs Some Basic Lessons in Diplomacy

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The PM has turned the EU negotiations into a one man show, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (LeftFootForward.org)

Commentary

The UK Leaving the European Union Could Mean the End of Both of Them

Friday, 5 February 2016

A Brexit would send shock waves across the EU, and boost the Scottish independence movement, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post)

Commentary

Health and Education Are Part of a Prosperous Society

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Yet they’re currently holding Britain back in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index. The Government can change this—if it wants to, writes Abigail Watson, Research Intern at the Legatum Institute (ConservativeHome)