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A podcast that looks beyond the slogans and grandstanding to examine what Brexit will mean for Britain’s trade, economy, public institutions and private sector. Brexit Unspun is produced by Fiona Symon

A podcast that looks beyond the slogans and grandstanding to examine what Brexit will mean for Britain’s trade, economy, public institutions and private sector. Brexit Unspun is produced by Fiona Symon
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A podcast that looks beyond the slogans and grandstanding to examine what Brexit will mean for Britain’s trade, economy, public institutions and private sector. Brexit Unspun is produced by Fiona Symon




Britons have a change of heart on immigration

Fears about EU migrants 'flooding the country' played a big role in the campaign to persuade Britons to vote for Brexit, but there are signs of a big shift in public attitudes as labour shortages begin to affect different sectors of the economy. The government, however, seems slow to catch on. Ursula Milton talks to the FT’s Sarah O’Connor and Robert Wright and to Robert Ford of Manchester University about changing attitudes towards immigration to the UK.


Britain and EU fall out over Galileo

A bitter row has broken out between Brussels and the British government over Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system. FT industry editor Peggy Hollinger and space expert Bleddyn Bowen discuss why the project is such an important test case for future relations between Britain and the EU


Are UK citizens' rights at risk?

Many in Britain have been unaware of the extent to which European law has benefited their rights and that, without an overarching EU constitutional framework, these rights may now be at risk. Schona Jolly, QC, barrister at Cloisters Chambers, who specialises in equality, human rights and employment law, talks to the FT’s Barney Thompson about what’s at stake.


How realistic are Britain's Commonwealth trade ambitions?

The network of mostly former British colonies accounts for a relatively small share of British exports compared to the EU but this means the potential for growth is great, say exponents of Brexit. Siona Jenkins examines the arguments with the FT's Alan Beattie and Emily Jones of the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford.


What we can learn from the Skripal affair?

Theresa May was backed by over 20 countries and Nato when she accused Russia of using a military grade nerve agent to poison the ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the provincial town of Salisbury. But will Britain be more vulnerable to such attacks once it is outside the EU? Siona Jenkins puts the question to Nina Schick, an expert in Russian hybrid warfare at the political consultancy Rasmussen Global, and the FT’s Philip Stephens.


Will British fishermen be 'sold down the river' again?

A big appeal of Brexit for fishing communities around the UK was the promise that Britain would take back control of the seas around its coast and restore fishing rights perceived as being ‘stolen’ by European neighbours. However, the exit negotiations may result in a rather messier outcome, as fisheries are used as a bargaining chip in the broader UK-EU trade talks. Siona Jenkins discusses the future of the fishing industry with the FT's Mure Dickie, Chris Tighe and James Blitz


Giving a voice to generation Brexit

Young people were under-represented in the Brexit referendum because only 40 per cent turned out to vote, but those who did vote opted overwhelmingly to remain. So how can those most affected by the outcome of the exit negotiations be given a voice? A crowd sourcing initiative at London’s LSE is attempting to do this. To find out more go to https://generationbrexit.org


Brexit talks: What progress on the Irish border question?

Northern Ireland is proving to be the single biggest risk to Brexit talks as negotiators struggle to reconcile competing demands for the UK to leave the customs union while keeping an open border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. Siona Jenkins discusses possible solutions to the Irish border question with the FT's James Blitz and Arthur Beesley, and with Michael Dougan, professor of European law at the University of Liverpool


Brexit case study: British Sugar

In this episode, we look at what Britain’s decision to leave the EU means for a food manufacturer and exporter that is also closely involved with farming. Paul Kenward, managing director of British Sugar, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods, came into the FT studio to talk to business editor Sarah Gordon about what Brexit will mean for his business.


Brexit negotiations: May's silence on the City

Theresa May promised to put financial services at the heart of a trade deal with the EU, but her government has postponed a position paper on the topic indefinitely. Siona Jenkins discusses the implications of this decision with Patrick Jenkins, Robert Armstrong and Caroline Binham.


Where are the talks heading this year?

Siona Jenkins catches up with the progress of the exit talks and discusses the likely next steps in the trade negotiations with the FT's George Parker, Alex Barker and Gemma Tetlow


Tourism and travel

The fall in sterling since the Brexit referendum has given a big boost to the UK tourism industry. But can a sector so dependent on transport and other links with Europe thrive outside the EU?


Medical research and the NHS

Siona Jenkins and guests how collaboration between health researchers and specialists will be affected by Brexit, as well as whether reciprocal rights to access treatment for EU and UK citizens will continue.


What prospects for UK exporters?

Sarah Gordon, FT business editor, Allie Renison, head of EU and trade policy at the Institute of Directors, and Peter Campbell, FT motor industry correspondent, join Siona Jenkins to discuss the future of Britain's exporters outside the EU.


A green and pleasant land?

The EU's Common Agricultural Policy has been held responsible for destroying much of Britain's natural landscape and wildlife. Is now the time to reset policy on farming and the environment? Siona Jenkins discusses the question with economist Dieter Helm, conservation scientist Lynn Dicks, and the FT's Scheherazade Daneshkhu.


What's on the menu for Britons outside the EU?

How much food does the UK import from Europe and how dependent are UK farmers on European subsidies? Will the price of food in supermarkets go up, or down? And will food safety standards change? Siona Jenkins discusses these and other questions with Scheherazade Daneshkhu, FT consumer industries correspondent, and Tim Lang of City, University of London


Will a squeeze on labour push up wages?

Siona Jenkins discusses the future of employment, growing workforce gaps and what will happen to wages with the FT's Sarah O’Connor and Helen Warrell, and Heather Rolfe, an employment expert at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research


Who will have the right to remain?

Brexit has thrown the life plans of vast numbers of people into disarray and has caused headaches to employers worried that they may not be able to retain or recruit the best staff. Siona Jenkins asks Helen Warrell, the FT’s public policy correspondent, and Katie Newbury, an immigration lawyer at Kingsley Napley, how far the exit talks have succeeded in allaying some of these fears.


Uncertain times for UK business

Uncertainty about the outcome of the exit negotiations has hit some companies hard, while others are examining options for relocating out of the UK. Siona Jenkins discusses the outlook for UK business with Sarah Gordon, FT business editor, Patrick Jenkins, financial editor, and Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce.


How democratic is the Brexit Bill?

Siona Jenkins examines questions of the legitimacy of the Brexit process and the impact on our democracy of the bill currently going through parliament with Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, director of the Queen Mary University school of law in London and the FT's James Blitz and Mure Dickie