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

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

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). 

 

 

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To increase prosperity, Central and Eastern European countries must reverse brain drain among young people

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Our inaugural Central and Eastern European Prosperity Report has found that young people are the key to unlocking prosperity growth in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.


Our inaugural Central and Eastern European Prosperity report has found that young people are the key to unlocking prosperity growth in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.
Our inaugural Central and Eastern European Prosperity report has found that young people are the key to unlocking prosperity growth in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.
Our inaugural Central and Eastern European Prosperity report has found that young people are the key to unlocking prosperity growth in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries.

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

 

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). 

 

 

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.

 

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

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

 

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.

 

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.

Cristina Odone writes in the Guardian that parenting classes could make a significant difference for families

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme was wrote in the Guardian about the benefits of ensuring all parents have access to parenting classes. 

Read the full article here

Read the report on Parenting Skills Classes here.

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

 

Britain's Mums and Dads are providing their children with more than just a housing deposit

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Centre for Character and Values, writes in The Daily Telegraph about the important role of parents beyond just providing the funds necessary to own a home.

Our polling found that respondents overwhelmingly believe family is important in creating the best environment for young people to flourish. Parenting classes are found to be very helpful yet their delivery is inconsistent in providing the support needed across the country. 

Read the full article here.

Cristina Odone interviewed 70 parents and a number of experts as part of her research. Listen to some of these interviews here

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.

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.

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.

 

Matthew Elliott discusses the French election on Sky News

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott discussed all the latest on the French election with Adam Boulton on All Out Politics.

Watch the interview here

Macron won’t win by a landslide

Monday, 24 April 2017

Following the publication of his guide to the French elections, Our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott writes for The Times Red Box that he doesn't predict Emmanuel Macron winning by a landslide and discusses whether populism will be dead following this French election. 

Read the full article here.

A victory for centrist and EU-phile Emmanuel Macron could ultimately be good for Brexit

Monday, 24 April 2017

Our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott writes for City A.M. about the implications for the euro, the EU and Brexit should Emmanuel Macron win the French election as predicted by pollsters.

Read the full article here.

A Populist Win For Le Pen Or Mélenchon Would Be A Bigger Crisis For The EU Than Brexit

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Our Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott writes for the Huffington Post about the impact of a populist win in the upcoming French elections on the rest of the European Union.

Read the full article here.

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.

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

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

How better parenting can keep families functioning

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Centre for Character and Values, writes in CapX about our new report on the quality of parenting classes in the UK.Our polling found that respondents overwhelmingly believe family is important in creating the best environment for young people to flourish. Parenting classes are found to be very helpful yet their delivery is inconsistent in providing the support needed across the country. 

Read the full article here.

Cristina Odone interviewed 70 parents and a number of experts as part of her research. Listen to some of these interviews here

Cristina Odone on Woman's Hour discussing the benefit of parenting classes for all parents

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour about the findings of our recent report into parenting classes. She said it's time we break the stigma around parenting classes as they provide valuable support and skills to all parents. 

Listen to the interview here.

Cristina Odone interviewed 70 parents and a number of experts as part of her research. Listen to some of these interviews here

Charlie Gard's parents may have to let him go

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme writes for the Daily Mail about the heart breaking situation Charlie Gard's parents find themselves in, drawing on her family's experience with her brother, Lorenzo, who was also afflicted by an incurable genetic condition. 

Read the full article here.

It helps to admit your failures as a parent

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

With the launch of our new research into parenting classes, Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme writes for The Times that parenting classes would benefit all parents and that there shouldn't be a stigma attached to them.

Read the full article here.

Senior Fellow Matthew Elliott was recently interviewed by the International Business Times.

Monday, 10 April 2017

In an interview for the International Business Times, Matthew talked about his upcoming work at the Legatum Institute as he shared what he is doing following the success of the Vote Leave campaign. 

You can view the interview here

What China and the US Could Learn from Each Other

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Meetings between the US and Chinese national leaders have never been easy. More often than not they are fraught with conflicting strategic interests, intermittent trade frictions, and occasional miscommunicated agenda. Today’s meeting in Florida, between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping promises to beat all previous such meetings in its difficulties for setting a common ground.

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).

Despite facing some significant challenges, South Africa has enormous potential for growth.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's main opposition party,addressed the challenges, along with the opportunities for South Africa during a briefing at the Legatum Institute this week.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

In CapX, Cristine Odone writes that Italians may live longer but they don't all prosper.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Cristina Odone, Director of Legatum Institute's Centre for Character and Values writes in CapX some Italians may be living long and healthy lives, with pensioners clinging to memories of the “economic miracle” that made for a dolce vita, but those under 30 are stuck paying the bill for their elders’ indulgence.

Read the article in CapX here.

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.

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

Harriet Maltby writes for CapX that Scotland's prosperity depends on the Union.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy and Research for the Legatum Prosperity Index says an independent Scotland may succeed. Brexit Britain may flounder. We cannot predict the future. However, we can say with confidence that Scotland’s path to prosperity would be far harder to travel alone. If sovereignty calls, then we should not stand in Scotland’s way. However, Scots must understand that going it alone would make their future even more uncertain.

Read the full article here

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Harriet Maltby writes for Reaction that the cost of caring for elderly relatives should fall primarily to families, not to the state.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Harriet Maltby, Head of Policy Research for Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index looks at the financial challenges facing adult social care in Reaction and addresses the often unpalatable reality that the system currently punishes responsible families who wish to care for their relatives rather than encouraging and supporting families in the care of their elderly relatives. 

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. 

 

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. 

Forbes Afrique features the Legatum Prosperity Index™

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

In this month's edition, Forbes Afrique look at what it means to be prosperous, citing the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index which analyses the prosperity of 149 countries and offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world. 

Find out more about the The Legatum Prosperity Index™ here.

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. 

Cristina Odone appears on BBC's Daily Politics as Guest of the Day

Friday, 24 February 2017

Director of our Cultural Transformation Programme, Cristina Odone appeared on BBC's Daily Politics as Guest of the Day discussing topics including the recent by-elections in Copeland and Stoke and whether it should be possible for one MP to stop new legislation or if there is an argument that there are too many attempts at bringing in new legislation. 

 

Maximilian Yoshioka writes in City A.M. about the opportunities for the UK in welcoming refugees

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Maximilian Yoshioka, lead researcher for Legatum Institute's Centre for Entrepreneurs makes the business case in City A.M. for welcoming refugees.

Cristina Odone appears on BBC 1's Big Questions

Monday, 13 February 2017

Director of our Cultural Transformation Programme, Cristina Odone spoke to Nicky Campbell and an invited audience in Leicester for the Big Questions on Sunday 12th Feb

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.

Shanker Singham talks to BBC Radio 4 Today Programme about US and UK Trade

Friday, 27 January 2017

Our Chairman of The Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham spoke to Rob Young @robyougnuk about the potential for a UK and US Trade deal as the Prime Minister and President meet at the White House. 

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. 

Shanker Singham responds to President Trump's cancellation of TPP

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Our Chairman of The Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham responds to US President Donald Trump withdrawing from TPP by Executive Order. An expected move that Shanker argues could open the way to building Prosperity Zones. Something he believes a UK outside the EU could benefit from

"Lorenzo's Oil" Cristina Odone's speech to the BFI about her brother

Monday, 23 January 2017

At a screening at the BFI Cristina Odone our Director of Character and Values added a personal perspective to a showing of the 1992 film "Lorenzo's Oil". It stars Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon, who play her father and step-mother who are trying to care for their son Lorenzo. He was Cristina's step brother and had adrenoleukodystrophy. This is the speech she gave

Our Special Trade Commission on what should be included in a UK Industrial Strategy

Monday, 23 January 2017

Shanker A. Singham, Chairman, Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission and Alice J. Brooks, Counsel, Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission outline what they see as crucial to any UK Industrial Strategy. HMG has published theirs here we post our report for those wishing to make comparison or analysis.  

Baroness Stroud: "On the rise of Populism and Nationalism": A House of Lords debate.

Friday, 20 January 2017

In the House of Lords Our CEO Baroness Stroud contributed to a debate on the "challenges to the liberal international order posed by the development of populism and nationalism around the world". This is the speech she gave  

Shanker Singham: Reaction to the Prime Ministers Speech on the UK Government's strategy for Brexit Negotiations

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Our Director of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commsission Shanker Singham was praised by Michael Gove (listen) for his expertise in the field of trade negotiation. Here is what he made of the Prime Ministers speech on the UK Government's plans for the negotiations to exit the EU once Article 50 is triggered.

Shanker Singham: speaking on what the UK Government needs to do to get the best Brexit deal

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

On BBC's Newsnight, and Today Programme Our Director of the Legatum Institute Special trade Commsission Shanker Singham was praised by Michael Gove (listen) Contributed to a report on the chances of US/UK trade deal being done, in Donald Trump's words "quickly and properly" (watch at 25:52) and laid out how the Prime Minister should tackle the Brexit negotiations and Free Trade deals with other countries (listen

Shanker Singham: Why we must leave the Customs Union

Saturday, 7 January 2017

In an article for Brexit Central the Legatum Institute's Shanker Singham explains why leaving the Customs Union is the only sensible way to restore the ability of the UK to set its own trade policy.

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