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Brexit: Impact on Economy and Trade

Description: Brexit is looming and we still do not know what is going to happen and time is getting uncomfortably short.  Businesses are not able to make normal business decisions and fear for their roles, their businesses and the unknown future.

What are possible likely outcomes over the next six months?  What then in the years that follow, depending on what transpires in March.  Can the worst really happen?  Are we (UK and Europe) really that dysfunctional that two major groups of people cannot work out a feasible solution?
 
We have created a diverse panel of experts, practitioners from the City and those with links to Westminster to debate the current and expected future position. 

Angela Knight CBE - Angela is a former Government Minister, CEO, Chair and Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Office of Tax Simplification, previous MP for Conservatives and on the Board of the Astana financial Services Authority.

Tim Skeet - Investment banker, Board member of ICMA, Bank of China, Investor Working Group and is on the Conservative Group for Europe, lectures, speaker and contributes to training at the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Anthony Parry - Anthony is a Senior Lawyer at Freshfields and has been a trade advisor with the UK Treasury.  He has worked extensively in Europe and specialises in Brexit and the African Continental Free Trade Area. 

James Duddridge MP - A conservative MP whose foucus amongst being Under Secretary for Asia and the Pacific, has been on Africa.  Before becoming an MP, he has had a successful private sector career in banking for Barclays - often posted into Africa.

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Where we are now
 
Prime Minister Theresa May is in Africa at present, yesterday in South Africa.  The connections between the two countries are powerful, evidenced yesterday by returning the Mendi's ships bell - close ties from the times of Smuts and the First World War; and visiting Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island - the UK had been the home of exiled ANC leaders.
 
Hammond has warned that a "no deal" is not acceptable, and May says a "no deal" is better than a "bad deal".   We should get the "City and private sector" to sort out the negotiations.  Let's listen to their views on how the stalemate should be addressed and how business continues in times of such uncertainty.

Are we, as a nation, at risk of being in the same position we were before the Referendum - short on information and believing the right outcome would prevail, therefore, little to worry about? 

What are the consequences of the "powers that be" not solving these issues optimally?

Now thrown into the mix is Theresa May's pledge that Britain will boost its investment in Africa https://bbc.in/2Pg5Ds1

I encourage you to join us to hear very diverging views on the likely outcome in March 2019 and hear the various ways the City, business and specific companies are addressing the uncertainty they are facing.

Admission Fee

Unless you are a Chamber member, ticket prices are £24 inclusive if you "Book" online (see button above) and pay via the SA Chamber website in advance; or £30 inclusive if you pay at the door. 

Alternatively email me on [email protected] and we shall arrange an invoice.

There is a limitation on numbers so please do not leave to the last minute.


Date:  6:00pm to 9:00pm, Tue 4th Sep 2018

Venue:  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
65 Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 1HT
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