Prime Minister calls on UK firms to pump more into R&D


Prime Dean Theresa May has called on UK companies to invest more in research and development.

At the CBI’s meeting she said the “economy fit for the future” would be “driven by science and innovation”.

But, she communicated, while the government was increasing support for R&D to “record levels”, UK firms were not stow away pace with rivals in other countries.

Later, Jeremy Corbyn reminded delegates that Labour pains had said it would increase R&D spending to 3% of GDP by 2030.

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At rearmost year’s CBI conference, Mrs May said she had committed to increasing public spending on R&D by £2bn a year by 2021.

“So we are dramatizing our part by increasing public sector support for R&D to record levels.”

After all, she added: “Today, for every £1 of government support for R&D, British obligations invest around £1.70, but in America business invest around £2.70 and German organizations invest nearly £2.40.

“So I want you to work with us to drive up business investment to assistant develop the next generation of technologies here in the UK so that we can deliver myriad good jobs across the country and improve living standards for everyone.”

Mr Corbyn tattled bosses that as part of Labour’s industrial strategy, which it lay bare earlier this year, it would “invest £1.3bn on research and incident in our first two years in government, to galvanise private investment”.

But to pay for this and other melodies, he said the party would “raise some taxes to pay for it… to protect that our spending plans fit within the constraints of our fiscal credibility judge”.

However, he added, the party would be “clear and open” about its tax projects. “We won’t do it by stealth.”

Mrs May told the conference the government would not protect the UK economy from peddle forces post-Brexit.

She also said the government had to “make strategic sentences” about how best to support different sectors of the economy after Brexit.

“We imagine in the free market and won’t attempt to shield the economy from market significance in effects,” she said.

The speech came ahead of the government industrial strategy appear.

The white paper, due to be published later this month, will set out detail in which the government can provide support to businesses by addressing regulatory frontiers, agreeing trade deals and helping to establish institutions that incite innovation and skills development.

It will build on January’s green deed which pledged to invest in science, research and innovation and upgrade infrastructure.

The pattern is aimed at boosting the post-Brexit UK economy.

Mrs May told the conference in London that the oversight would avoid the “failed state interventionism of the 1970s”.

The prime charg daffaires also tried to reassure firms about the opportunities following the UK’s take it on the lam from the EU, telling them the next decade would mark “a new chapter in the mystery of the British economy”.

“There are huge opportunities ahead,” she said.

And she also harp oned her support for a post-Brexit transitional period to prevent firms facing “a cliff-edge” schema where the UK’s EU exit leads to an abrupt change in rules.

“I have baby clear that a strictly time-limited implementation period will be critical to our future success,” the prime minister said.

Mrs May added that she hungers to agree “the detailed arrangements for this period as early as possible”.

In his articulation, Mr Corbyn said even though Brexit negotiations were underway “divers of you feel no closer to having clarity about the direction of travel they desperately extremity”.

He added that “watching chaos and confusion grow at the heart of oversight and Brexit negotiations stuck in stalemate, many of you probably feel the predicament is more uncertain and precarious than ever.

“We know as you do that firms are refereeing now whether to continue to invest in the UK, and that guarantees in key areas are needed now to rest firms from cutting the UK out of their business models,” he added.

The Toil Party and business had “common ground on the need for transitional arrangements to be reconciled immediately so that business know they won’t face a cliff-edge Brexit when the two year transacting period is up”.

They also had “common ground on the threat of ‘no deal’ which… is potentially a nightmare floor plan”, added Mr Corbyn.

“It is crucial that the final deal maintains the allowances of the common market and the customs union.”

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