We are delighted to announce that our submission for the IEA's Brexit prize has been shortlisted by their judging panel and will now proceed to the final stage. Commenting on the announcement, Ralph Buckle, Co-founder of CX and co-author of the submission, said:
It's a great honour to be shortlisted by such a distinguished panel and we're looking forward to the next stage of the competition. No matter who wins, it's vital that this conversation takes place in the UK to inform the debate around a possible future referendum and ensure all options and implications are considered if the public do vote to leave
You can read more about the prize here but the premise is as follows:
A referendum has resulted in an “Out” vote and Her Majesty’s Government has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. What measures does the UK need to take in the following two years, domestically (within the UK), vis-a-vis the remaining EU and internationally, in order to promote a free and prosperous economy?
CX does not take a position on whether the UK should remain in the EU but feel it is important that plans are in place should it chose freely to do so. As a result we put forward our submission arguing that the Commonwealth and wider Anglosphere should be at the forefront of any UK plans if it were to leave the union. As the competition is still going on we obviously don't want to reveal more at this stage.
However we would also like to stress that the UK needs to engage and build stronger links with the Commonwealth nations whether or not it remains a member of the EU. If the UK does remain a member or until it leaves, it should be constantly pushing for trade and bilateral investment agreements with Commonwealth countries as our Advisory Board member, Robin Walker MP, made clear in Parliament this week to the Prime Minister.
Update: the full shortlist is now available here.