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The role of the state is to ensure an equitable distribution of not just money, but opportunity to participate and contribute to society. For that to be meaningful, there are likely to be certain services everyone should be able to access.feedback
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Oct 10 2017
Find all of Jonathan Portes’s quotes that have been published in 14 different articles on this page. Jonathan Portes’s quotes are organized by date and topic, making it easy for you to compare, for example, what Jonathan Portes has said both recently, and in the past, on a variety of topics. Some of the topics Jonathan Portes likes to comment on include EU, International Monetary Fund and trade-off. Most recently, Jonathan Portes said, “What should transition look like? What to do about the Brexit bill? The prime minister needs to clearly articulate her stance at Friday’s speech in Florence. We are approaching what Alex Ferguson used to refer to as “squeaky bum time”: the summit at which EU leaders will decide whether “sufficient progress” has been made on Article 50 negotiations to allow trade talks to start kicks off on 19 October. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has set October 2018 as the tentative date for the end of the negotiations as a whole. Moreover, the longer the talks continue without visible progress, the more businesses will start planning and preparing for the worst, “no deal” scenario – which will not be good news for the UK. So there is much to be done. And not much time to do it. Consequently, Theresa May’s speech in Florence on Friday is of crucial importance.”.
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Jun 13 2017 - European Court of Justice

It would involve the UK accepting foreign judges and the EU accepting that the ECJ is not the ultimate arbiter. If both sides can do that, it will be a very good signal … if not the chances of getting a resolution on the substantially more difficult elements are close to zero.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Brexit

I don't see any reason to believe that the country is less divided. Theresa May's rhetoric about uniting the country behind her is not credible, the country clearly isn't, and probably the more they see of Theresa May, the less likely they are to identify with her.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - British politics

People had always known that they were there, but the referendum threw them into sharp relief in a way that was not clear before, because of the British political system.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Deportation

I think there is a legitimate sense of worry. The government isn't going to deport 3 million people, or even 1 million. But equally, it's not going to give a blanket guarantee. It's not going to simply say to everyone who has an E.U. passport who is here today, That's it, that's all you need, here's your right to permanent residency and citizenship.feedback

Mar 03 2017

There is no significance to any particular numerical threshold for the UK population, it all depends on how we live and where we live. Some parts of the UK are densely populated and some aren't. You don't see the 70 million, you see your own neighbourhood. They depend on all sorts of factors which the ONS does not pretend to be able to forecast or model. My view is that I think EU migration will fall very significantly over the next couple of years, and migration overall will fall. Therefore the population increase may be significantly slower than the ONS says.feedback

Mar 03 2017

We're living longer, which on the whole is a good thing, but it's clearly unsustainable, you can't have people living longer and longer and only working to the same age and spending a greater proportion of their time in retirement.feedback

Mar 03 2017

So people will have to work longer. But the good news is that it doesn't seem to be any evidence that healthy life expectancy doesn't increase with actual life expectancy. In other words people are able to work longer as well as having to work longer.feedback

Oct 02 2016

What we cannot do is delude ourselves that we can 'have our cake and eat it.feedback

Oct 02 2016

That means continued uncertainty for businesses, both those who trade with the EU and those who employ EU nationals.feedback

Aug 23 2016

There appears to be no economic case for Hinkley Point and the government's decision to 'pause' and hopefully cancel it is welcome.feedback

Aug 23 2016 - IMF

With interest rates at historic lows, essentially the government can borrow for free. It has been obvious to almost all economists that increasing public sector investment is sensible. That consensus has been bolstered by the like of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).feedback

Jun 27 2016

They told lots of people that these trade-offs, which were reasonably obvious and are now coming to the fore, didn't exist. Sooner or later they will have to deal with it.feedback

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