Thursday 7 February 2019

British politics beyond Brexit: Where are the Conservatives heading?

Brexit is dominating our politics, but there will be politics beyond Brexit. New domestic policy issues will force their way back onto the agenda, and old ones – including those driving aspects of the Brexit vote – will return to national debates. Our biggest political parties will shape – and be shaped by – these debates, just as they wrestle with the lasting effect of Brexit on their identities and coalitions of support.

So where are our politics and our parties heading? Who and what are they for? What should a post-Brexit Britain’s domestic reform agenda be?

To debate these questions, the Resolution Foundation hosted an event at its Westminster offices. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss MP set out her vision for Britain’s economy. She was joined by leading Conservative thinkers, including Nick Timothy, Will Tanner and Charlotte Pickles, to discuss what the parties’ priorities should be as we approach a crucial Spending Review later this year. An audience Q&A followed.

Speakers for the Conservative event:

  • Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Nick Timothy, Political commentator and former joint Chief of Staff to Theresa May
  • Will Tanner, Director of Onward and former adviser to Theresa May
  • Charlie Pickles, Managing Editor at UnHerd
  • Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation (Chair)