How Prosperity UK is grappling with the practical challenges and opportunities of Brexit

How Prosperity UK is grappling with the practical challenges and opportunities of Brexit

As the Government blows the starting whistle on the General Election, Prosperity UK is hosting a major conference on the future of Britain in a post Brexit world.

In her Downing Street statement the Prime Minister was right to draw a contrast between Westminster politics, trapped in a purgatory of denial and lament, and the country at large, where leaders of business, finance and academia are already grappling with the practical challenges and opportunities of Brexit.

The Prosperity Conference will be bringing many such leaders together, alongside senior ministers and international trade experts, to address our country’s future.

If the polls are to be believed the result of the General Election looks a forgone conclusion. The result of the Brexit negotiations is not. The Prosperity Conference will set out the issues and provide a forum for new and long term thinking at this “unfrozen moment” in our country’s history.

To achieve this we have sought to look constructively at the United Kingdom’s future after our departure from the European Union and attracted leading people in their fields to offer their expert point of view.

The conference held at County Hall, London on April 26 will be organised across four streams.

The Domestic Agenda will investigate issues around IP, skills and industrial strategy and deregulation. Notable speakers and panelists will include Sir John Peace, Chairman, Burberry and The Midlands Engine; Pete Davies, Chair, OSI – Oxford Sciences Innovation; and Sir David Ord, CEO, The Bristol Port Company.

The Trade stream will bring together world-leading experts in trade policy as well as those who have sat around the negotiation table on behalf of a country hammering out trade deals affecting millions.

These are doers as well as thinkers including former Canadian and American chief trade negotiators, international trade negotiators and ambassadors.

The Universities, Research and The Knowledge Economy stream promises to offer up new insight into how the UK’s most successful global research universities will be working to shape the post-Brexit world. We will have research academics and vice-chancellors discussing the opportunities and challenges alongside scientists and innovators.

The City stream will look at banking, insurance, fund management and infrastructure bringing together notable experts from these sectors such as Barnabas Reynolds of Shearman & Sterling; Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays; and John Nelson, Chairman, Lloyds of London.

When we first had the idea for this conference we hoped it would act as a catalyst to bring people together and I am glad to say that is exactly what is happening. We are excited merely by the prospect of the ideas and solutions the stellar line-up of speakers and panelists will bring to the challenges of Brexit.

This is a huge opportunity for the UK. Our ambition is that the UK should be a champion of free trade, open and outward looking to the world and built on strong institutions.

To achieve this will require great leadership, both in government and business. It is time to combine our energies in a common endeavour. Let’s use this unfrozen moment to create a new era of national prosperity.

(Photocredit: Robert Pittman)