Members’ Lunch – Brexit Update
12 July 2018
With less than nine months to go before the United Kingdom is due to exit the EU in April 2019, it is relevant to consider what progress has been made, what has been agreed and what is left on the table – particularly from a business point of view.
Our roundtable lunch meeting will seek to answer at least some of these questions. We are looking to analyse the issues in detail with real evidence to substantiate our views rather than merely reviewing the often over-hyped and personalised media coverage of events.
We will review the political and economic dimensions of Brexit, what sort of separation we are heading for and the consequences of any transitional arrangements which may be emerging, together with the opportunities and challenges available to us. Sharing views from around the table we will clearly want to gauge the likely impact on the UK business environment and the overall effect on differing sectors of the business community.
To help us in our discussions and to offer his own thoughts on the current Brexit state of play, we are very pleased to welcome Paul Johnson as our guest speaker. As Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Paul is perfectly placed to share his perspectives on the key issues and the evidence which is shaping his views. His comments on the post-Brexit business outlook for, amongst other things, trade flows, population levels, supply chains, free trade, economic challenges and growth will be of interest to all. His views will, of course, take account of evidence-backed issues topical at the time of the meeting.
Timely and apposite, this is an opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved and what is yet to be done and we intend a searching analysis of these and other issues deriving from the Brexit process.