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Bringing Britain Together: the next five years

British Future celebrates its fifth birthday this year. To mark the occasion a new publication, Bringing Britain Together, sets out our future strategy and programme for the years to come, as well as celebrating some of the highlights of our first five years. Here, Director Sunder Katwala explains the vision that will guide our work.

How can culture help bring Britain together?

What role can the cultural sector play in healing Britain's divisions? asks Avaes Mohammad

Young people have their say on immigration after Brexit

80,000 school children in the UK this week take part in a debate on immigration after Brexit as part of the National Conversation on Immigration

Article 50: Time to deliver for EU nationals here and Brits abroad

Now Article 50 has been triggered, how do UK and EU governments move forward and secure the status of EU nationals in the UK and British citizens in Europe?

Why business needs a new approach to the immigration debate

Business voices seeking to defend the benefits of immigration to our economy and society have not been s effective as they need to be in the immigration debate. A new approach is needed.

How Brexit offers a surprising opportunity for a new immigration consensus

'Can the desire for more control be combined with the aim that Britain will remain globally-engaged, in a common ground approach to post-Brexit immigration?' asks Sunder Katwala at the Conservative Progress 'Believe in the UK' conference

Immigration statistics: a one-size-fits-all approach is not up to the task ahead

"A one-size-fits-all approach to immigration can’t help us make the post-Brexit choices that the Government and the public now face," said Sunder Katwala in response to new ONS immigration statistics

Our patchwork polarisation – and how to stitch it together

"Planet Remain and Planet Leave might be fewer light years apart than we tend to recognise," says Sunder Katwala in this speech at the University of East Anglia looking at how to heal post-Brexit divisions

National Conversation on Immigration

The National Conversation on immigration aims to hear the views of people all over Britain. For the whole of 2017 we’ll be in a different town every single week, in every region and nation of the UK, listening to what people think on the issue.

Leave and Remain voices back shared vision for how UK can ‘Brexit Together’

Voices from across EU referendum and party political divides have come together today to set out a shared vision of how the UK can ‘Brexit Together’, covering issues of immigration, the economy and market access, security and sovereignty.

Inquiry: EU nationals living in UK should be given permanent residence

An independent Inquiry into the status of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit publishes its report today, recommending that those in the UK before Article 50 is triggered should get Permanent Residence.

Integration: Back to Black(burn)

Avaes Mohammad on growing up in Blackburn, one of the pockets of segregation highlighted in the Casey Review, and how those promoting change from within will require more support from an integration strategy

The Casey Review and the need for an integration strategy

Integration matters because it’s about how we can all live well together - yet we have never had a sustained integration strategy in this country. The Casey Review is an opportunity we should seize to put that right.

ONS migration statistics: time to look to the future

A the ONS publishes new net migration figures, we should move on from debating the failings of the old, broken target, says Sunder Katwala, and focus on a plan for what our immigration system looks like after Brexit, when we should expect free movement to have come to an end.

The Divided States of America

Sunder Katwala asks how America can heal the rifts of Donald Trump's divisive Presidential campaign - and what we in the UK can learn from US politics

“No culture wars please, we’re British” – WW1 Centenary should be about reconciliation, not victory, says public

Voters on both sides of the referendum divide reject more politicised interpretations of the WW1 Centenary and would rather focus on reconciliation than victory, according to new research tracking public attitudes to the Centenary commemorations.

EU migrants Inquiry: Coventry meeting seeks EU citizens’ views

A national Inquiry, examining how the Government can practically protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit, comes to Coventry on 8 November in a public meeting at Warwick Road United Reform Church, seeking EU citizens’ views on Brexit and the challenges they face in securing their rights.

The Inquiry, coordinated by British Future, starts from the principled position that securing the rights of EU citizens to stay in the UK is the right thing to do. Its aim will be to examine how to make this work in practice, and to make practical recommendations to the Government.


When: 6.30-8.30pm, Tuesday 8 November 2016

Where: Warwick Road United Reform Church, 10 Warwick Road, Coventry CV1 1EX


Jill Rutter, Director of Strategy for British Future and coordinator of the Inquiry, said:

“Many EU citizens in the Midlands and across the UK will have been anxious since the referendum about their status in the UK. Our Inquiry needs to hear from them. “Are people applying for residency and what difficulties have they experienced? Have they received information or reassurance from their employers? Has the Brexit decision had any impact on how they access public services or housing?

“We need to hear about people’s real experiences as our Inquiry is concerned with the practical challenges of granting status to the 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK. That won’t be straightforward but we hope our recommendations will offer some practical help and guidance to the Government.”

ICM research for British Future finds that 84% of people in the Midlands (and 84% of the whole UK public) supports letting EU migrants stay – including three-quarters (77%) of Leave voters – with any future changes to freedom of movement applying only to new migrants. The Government has stated that it anticipates that this will happen, though the delay in doing so is causing unnecessary anxiety for EU migrants and uncertainty for businesses that rely on their labour.

The Inquiry panel, made up of cross-party MPs, public figures and academics from both Leave and Remain sides of the referendum campaign, is chaired by Birmingham MP Gisela Stuart, former Chair of the Vote Leave campaign. Members of the Inquiry panel include Conservative MP Suella Fernandes; Suzanne Evans of UKIP; Labour MP Kate Green; Fraser Nelson, Editor of the Spectator; Seamus Nevin of the Institute of Directors; and Owen Tudor of the TUC. It will report later in autumn/winter 2016, setting out practical recommendations about how to resolve the status of EU nationals living in the UK.

A national Inquiry, examining how the Government can practically protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK after Brexit, comes to Coventry on 8 November in a public meeting at Warwick Road United Reform Church, seeking EU citizens’ views on Brexit and the challenges they face in securing their rights. The Inquiry, coordinated by

Reactions to our proposal for a ‘preferential’ immigration offer to the EU

Heres how media and other voices responded to our new proposal for a preferential system for EU immigration to the UK.

Integration – finding shared ground

In this extract from 'What next after Brexit? Immigration and integration in post-referendum Britain,' Jill Rutter explores the challenges and importance of increasing integration in the UK.

A new immigration offer to Europe

In a new report today, 'Britain’s immigration offer to Europe', British Future sets out a proposal for a new, preferential system for EU immigration to the UK.