The Country We Want To Be


Britain faces a series of great challenges in the years ahead. Political, technological and demographic changes are underway that will profoundly change the country we know. Britain’s task is to build an economic and social model which will help people cope with, and prosper from, these changes.

The Legatum Institute sees Brexit as both an opportunity and a threat – an ‘unfrozen moment’ which, if handled well, could launch a new era of domestic prosperity and global influence; but if handled badly, will result in a period of economic and political turmoil which will blight a generation.

The Country We Want To Be programme looks beyond the Brexit negotiations to the domestic strategy the UK needs to prosper in the 21st century. If we are to reform our own economy and public services and negotiate with the EU and with other nations, we need a vision of who we are as a country and a clear-eyed assessment of how far we live up to that vision currently. This requires a brutal analysis of our strengths and weaknesses, and a plan for making the vision a reality.