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08.15 Social Market Foundation with The UK in a Changing Europe

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Does Britain need a deal with the EU?

Should Britain exit the European Union with or without a deal? Join our panel to discuss.


With the latest Brexit deadline looming and the political pendulum still swinging between deal or no deal, join the SMF and The UK in a Changing Europe to discuss whether Britain needs a deal with the EU. Why has getting a deal proved so polarising? Is leaving without a deal now the only option? And will Britain thrive or decline if it opts to exit with no deal? Refreshments: 08:15; Start time: 08:30.

18.00 London School of Economics

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

Pathways to Prosperity: Can ALL Regions Thrive?

A debate on whether all UK areas can grow together, or some be left behind, and if growth policies should be devised and led locally, or by Whitehall?


Building thriving, economically powerful regions across the UK is more important than ever, and a top Government priority. But can all areas really grow simultaneously, or will some inevitably get left behind? What new ideas are urgently needed to turbo-boost lagging regions, and should economic, growth and skills policies be managed at the regional level, or by Whitehall?


10.45 Bright Blue with Living Wage Foundation

Jury's Inn Manchester : Rochdale Suite

Working your way out of poverty: a living wage and living hours?

As in-work poverty grows, this discussion will look into what can be done, especially by employers, to boost household incomes



Midland Hotel : Alexandra A


Refreshments/canapes available


Speaker 1: Senior Cabinet Minister Speaker 2: H.E. Mark Regev, Ambassador of Israel Speaker 3: Rt. Hon. Stephen Crabb MP, CFI Parliamentary Chairman (Commons) Speaker 4: Rt. Hon. Lord Pickles, CFI Parliamentary Chairman (Lords)

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