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