The UK’s coming COVID-19 and Brexit challenges

28 August 2020

While the coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom has abated somewhat in recent months, is life in the country going to get tougher if winter brings about a growing risk of transmission and Brexit negotiations falter? With us this week to discuss the challenges facing Britain are Remainiacs and The Bunker host Ros Taylor, pod regular Elizabeth Ames, and Brexit researcher Georgina Wright.

It has been a very tough year in the UK, but some fear that very difficult times still lie ahead. With schools reopening and winter set to force Britons back indoors, will the colder months bring with them another spike in COVID-19 cases? While the country has seen an outpouring of support for frontline workers, is the pandemic actually undermining the social contract in the UK? And with Brexit negotiations forced down the priority list, what impact is the uncertainty about the future of UK-European relations having on British business already struggling? On this Democracy Sausage Extra we’re joined by a top panel of UK-based experts – Ros Taylor, Elizabeth Ames and Georgina Wright – to look at the challenges facing Britain as it tries to manage Brexit negotiations and a global pandemic. Listen here

Georgina Wright is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government, where she focuses on the United Kingdom’s engagement and influence in the European Union after Brexit. Her research interests also include Franco-British relations and the future of the European Union.

Ros Taylor is Research Manager for the LSE Truth, Trust & Technology Commission and Managing Editor of the LSE Brexit blog.

Elizabeth Ames is an international trade policy expert. She is currently Director of the Britain-Australia Society and Trustee of the Menzies Australia Institute at King’s College London.

Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.

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