Brexit: UK future has to be focused on more than GDP, insists thinktank director

Brexit: UK future has to be focused on more than GDP, insists thinktank director

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The director of a leading religious thinktank has said the debate on the UK's future has to be about more than GDP. 

This follows the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, warning against "division and despair", if the plan for Brexit is focused on money, rather than people.

Welby issued the warning in his first full-length book, Dethroning Mammon, which warns against the power of money. The Archbishop draws on his own experience of giving up a well-paid job as an oil executive in favour of a clerical salary. 

Paul Bickley, the director of political progammes at religion and society thinktank Theos, said the Archbishop is speaking from the core of Christian tradition, and talked about how the conversations about the UK's future outside of the EU need to be about more than GDP.

"He speaks from the core of Christian tradition," Bickley told Penny Smith. "This has historically been suspicious of money, thinking it can shape us and can become a god to us.

"He could be heard to be saying that money or the economy doesn't matter, which I don't think he is. I think he's saying the debate about the future of the UK needs to be more about the direction of GDP.

"Now we've decided to leave - what kind of UK will we be left with? What vision do we have? How will we flourish?"

Listen to the full interview above.