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The City and Brexit – British and German perspectives

16 May 2017 - Evening meeting - Login for venue

Panel discussion,

It has already become clear that the question of financial and related services will form a separate and substantial component of the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union triggered by the invocation of Article 50. This discussion will be considering the negotiating posi... Read More

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Defence implications of Brexit and the change of US administration

10 May 2017 - Evening meeting - Login for venue

Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP, Chair, Defence Select Committee

Brexit and the change of the US administration could have significant implications for UK defence policies. Since the second world war, NATO has been a cornerstone of UK and European defence policies. Since the Brexit vote there has been speculation  that the remaining 27 EU members might decide on... Read More

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Brexit – Did the economists get it wrong?

29 March 2017 - Early evening meeting - Login for venue


During the EU referendum campaign in 2016 many economists predicted disastrous economic consequences in case of a “Leave” vote. However, the current economic climate is far from this scenario. Were the economic models used at the time wrong? Were the predictions wrong or will they still take eff... Read More


Building more new homes each year

22 February 2017 - Breakfast meeting - Login for venue

Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning

Fixing the UK’s housing problems is challenging: Should London be treated as a special case? Would greater devolution of housing powers help better address the characteristics of each local market? What needs to be done to free up availability of land? The new government white paper is the first a... Read More

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Economic prospects for the UK and the EU in 2017

17 February 2017 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Andrew Smith, Economist

After the trauma of the Brexit vote and with a new American administration on the scene, businesses in the UK and the EU face a changed set of challenges and opportunities. Andrew Smith, formerly Chief Economist at KPMG, will give a detailed analysis of the overall economic landscape and its implica... Read More

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Meeting the international trade challenge

16 January 2017 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Edward Barker, Director, Strategy Directorate, Trade Policy Group, Department for International Trade

For a long time, Britain has had a significant international trade deficit that successive governments have tried to reduce. The Brexit vote has increased the urgency for the country to gear up to increase international trade and vigorously address non-EU markets. Edward Barker, Director, Trade Stra... Read More