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Our CEO tells the House of Lords why the UK must be generous and open-minded towards refugees in times of trouble


Our CEO tells the House of Lords why the UK must be generous and open-minded towards refugees in times of trouble

"Unaccompanied children face unacceptable risks. For some 300,000 unaccompanied child refugees, the risks of trafficking and forced prostitution or forced labour are extremely high. We know that in the Mediterranean, more than 75% of the 1,600 14 to 16 year-olds arriving in Italy reported being held against their will or forced to work. This staggering statistic is why we should be working to ensure that there are accessible, legal pathways which allow children to apply for asylum safely from the country they are in, and not be forced to take dangerous journeys to join their families."

Watch Philippa's speech here.

Recent Commentaries

Danny Kruger writes in the Spectator that residents should decide the future of the Lancaster West Estate

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Everyone agrees the Grenfell Tower disaster must usher in a new era of social housing in the UK. The danger is that it sends us back to a very old era, when the council owned, managed and controlled community housing.

There is another way forward, one which meets the rightful sense of injustice felt by people living on Lancaster West, the estate where Grenfell Tower stands – not the injustice of a botched refurbishment which (probably) caused the tragedy, but the injustice of residents not being listened to when they raised concerns, over many years, about their safety or quality of life.

Read the full article in the Spectator here.

Read our paper, A community-led future: A proposal for the neighbourhood of Grenfell Tower.

Nicholas Boys Smith from Create Streets writes in CapX that the legacy of the Grenfell tragedy should be one of community ownership

Thursday, 15 March 2018

No change in governance or management can make good what happened last year. But if the right decisions are taken, the legacy for the community and for society can, in part, be a good one. Our hope is that the neighbourhood of Grenfell Tower may make something beautiful for the future: a new model of community living that will inspire the rest of London and the UK.

Read the full article in CapX here.

Read our paper, A community-led future: A proposal for the neighbourhood of Grenfell Tower.

In City A.M. Matthew Elliott participates in a debate considering what Italy’s election means for Europe

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Matthew Elliott debated with Italian economist, Beatrice Faleri about the impact of the Italian election. He says the election of a populist, eurosceptic government in one of the EU’s founding member states is not good news for Presidents Macron and Juncker who have spent the past six months trying to shift the EU in a more integrationist direction.

Read the full debate in City A.M. here.

Latest kidnappings demonstrate why insecurity is hampering Nigeria's pathway from poverty

Friday, 2 March 2018

Almost four years on from the Chibok crisis, the recent abduction of more than 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi illustrates why terrorism must be defeated if Nigeria is to fulfil its potential.

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In the Daily Telegraph Shanker Singham writes about the UK's approach to regulations following Brexit

Thursday, 22 February 2018

In an article for the Daily Telegraph, Shanker Singham, Chairman of our Special Trade Commission, writes that if global Britain is to mean anything, post-Brexit, it should include committing to and abiding by World Trade Organization and other international trade rules, pursuing national and commercial interests, deepening trade ties, and opposing protectionism in all its forms.

Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph (£).

On BBC Radio4 Shanker Singham discusses the UK's opportunities once it leaves the EU

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Shanker Singham, Chair of our Special Trade Commission, was asked by BBC Radio4's Today Programme about the changes he expects to occur as a result of the UK leaving the European Union.  

Shanker says that regulatory autonomy is important so that we can improve our own regulatory environment, work decisively in organisations such as the World Trade Organization and sign advanced, liberalising trade deals with other countries. 

Listen to the interview here (at 1:42:20).

Radomir Tylecote tells City AM that joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be a true statement of intent by global Britain

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Participating in City AM's debate with Labour MP Alison McGovern, Radomir argued that membership of TPP would demonstrate Britain’s new trading independence.

The TPP is one of the most advanced trade agreements in the world, but doubters have suggested that, not being a Pacific nation, Britain should not or cannot join. Not so. TPP is an open agreement, and signatories have indicated they want us on board.

But we won’t be able to join in just any circumstances. We will need control over not only tariffs, but also regulations currently determined by the EU. Many do not meet TPP standards – for example, in data flows and agriculture – as they favour incumbents, harming consumer welfare. Being ready to join the TPP, and other agreements, will require that we determine regulations ourselves.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region in the world, and the TPP gives Britain a trading opportunity we should not miss.

You can access the full debate here