Beyond Brexit: a programme for UK reform

Monday, 14 October, 2019 - 09:30 to 11:00
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
2 Dean Trench Street
SW1P 3HE London
United Kingdom




Please note attendance is by invitation only

This event was live streamed - you can watch the replay here.


Regardless of the particular form that Brexit ultimately takes, the UK faces an unprecedented set of political, economic, and social challenges. While the causes are many and complex, they amount to a crisis of confidence and popular trust that has overturned the normal logic of political practice and policymaking. The national interest demands a strategy for the decades ahead capable of putting the country back on its feet.

This important seminar will offer a preview of the policy proposals from the newly-formed Policy Reform Group (PRG)*, to be contained in the November 2019 NIESR Economic Review, which aims to launch a serious debate about what such a strategy should look like.

A panel of authors will present their proposals on how to tackle challenges ranging from low productivity and ageing infrastructure to economic and regional inequalities and the UK’s post-Brexit role in the world.

Following opening remarks from the Institute’s Director, Professor Jagjit Chadha, the panel will be chaired by Dr John Llewellyn, a Trustee of the Institute, and include:

Dame Kate Barker, on housing

Professor Sir Tim Besley, on industrial policy 

Sir Jeremy Greenstock, on foreign policy

Russell Jones, on macroeconomics

Terry Scuoler, on industry 

Professor David Vines, on trade 

A number of the other authors will also be in attendance, and take part in the discussion which will follow.

Registration and coffee from 9am for a prompt 9.30am start.


*The Policy Reform Group is a politically non-aligned body with a charter to develop and advance policy proposals to enhance the political and economic health of the UK; present them as a basis for rational, informed, evolving debate; and contribute where possible to the vigour of that debate. (

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Please note attendance is by invitation only