Britain leads in Soft Power without EU help
Soft power includes international perception, global media reach, inventions, education, diplomacy, the charity sector, culture, sport and architecture and international...Read on
UK’s cultural influence will continue to grow
While cultural excellence transcends national boundaries and Europe in general has, for centuries, provided a deep well of creativity the UK’s cultural influence...Read on
UK a world leader in media and sport
While it may not be everyone’s idea of the best way to organise television, the BBC arguable has the strongest brand name in the world and in some quarters still...Read on
New Zealand and Australia want to help Brexit
The governments of New Zealand and Australia have offered to help the UK negotiate new trade deals with other countries by providing their own skilled trade negotiators on loan. As well as the officials being made available both countries are very keen to strike informal free trade agreements with the UK so that they are ready to be formalized on the day the UK leave the EU – B-Day!
Twenty-seven countries want a trade deal
Trade Secretary Liam Fox has reported ten countries are lining up to make free trade agreements while others are using the media to signal their intent to strike a deal. Countries known to be interested include (in alphabetical order): Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Suriname, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Trade deficit reduces thanks to Brexit vote!
The Brexit-related fall in the Pound Sterling has led to and exports boost that has reduced the UK’s trade deficit by £1 billion so far.
The latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics said the gap last month was £4.5billion, falling from £5.6billion just before the referendum. The improvement for UK trade was driven by a big jump in exports, up by £800million to £43.8billion.
For more details read our Vital Facts [link].
Followed by a drinks reception
Half-day conferences on:
The optimal trade deal for the UK – with Dr Gerard Lyons, Ruth Lea and Ewen Stewart
How we can provide aid through trade – with Sir Desmond Swayne MP, and Brian Monteith
Making immigration work for the UK – with Alp Mehmet and Bianca Nicolescu
Look out for the dates and details being announced soon.
Global Britain was founded in 1997 by Lord Pearson of Rannoch, Lord Stoddart of Swindon and Lord Harris of High Cross with the aim of making the case that Britain's prosperity is founded on a global vision, not a European customs union, and that British prosperity would be best served by withdrawing from the European Union.
From 1997 to 2013 Global Britain’s main activities were briefing peers, MPs and MEPs of all parties for their debates and select committee work in the Westminster and European parliaments. When, in February 2013, the Prime Minister announced his policy of re-negotiating after the next election the terms of EU membership and putting the outcome to the British people in a referendum, it was decided to focus Global Britain’s research and activities on two important non-parliamentary “constituencies”: the City of London in particular and British business in general. This new focus was emphasised by the appointment of Ewen Stewart as Consulting Director and David Stewart (no relation) as Treasurer, bringing with them their long and successful experience in the financial and business worlds. Having been research director since 1999, Ian Milne became the non-executive Chairman.
Lord Harris of High Cross read economics at Cambridge and lectured in political economy at the University of St Andrews from 1949 to 1956. He was appointed General Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) on its foundation by Anthony Fisher in 1956; subsequently, he became the IEA’s Chairman in 1987 and its Founder-President in 1990. He was a director of Times Newspaper Holdings Ltd between 1988 and 2001. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher made him a life peer in the first honours list of her premiership; he sat as a cross-bencher until his death in 2006. The IEA under his direction had an enormous influence on public policy and on the views of leading politicians, notably Keith Joseph, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.