Brexit: 12 Months In, Are We Half Way There?
The terms for the Brexit transition period have been broadly agreed, and the EU and UK have been negotiating on the outlines of a deal for their future relationship. Yet the question remains: how close are we to achieving a deal? Are we halfway there, as time would require – or are the political challenges of Brexit impeding the pragmatic solutions necessary for business? And what can business be doing to ensure it is ready for Brexit, deal or no deal?
Our panel of speakers will draw on their extensive experience in EU and UK policymaking, politics and law to assess the progress towards Brexit, and look closely at how businesses across sectors – including life sciences, technology, energy and financial services – are responding in practical terms to the insecurity that Brexit brings.
Lord Francis Maude was the UK’s Minister for Trade until April 2016. In a political career spanning almost 40 years, he held a number of positions, including Minister for the Cabinet Office, Minister for Europe under Margaret Thatcher and a signatory to the Maastricht treaty, shadow Chancellor and shadow Foreign Secretary. A member of Covington’s Brexit Taskforce, he forms part of our panel of senior advisors guiding clients through the evolving post-Brexit vote landscape.
Sir Michael Leigh is an expert on political risk analysis, and advises on the geopolitical implications of Brexit. In his 30-year career at the European Commission, he focused on European neighborhood policy (including as director-general for enlargement for five years), and served in the cabinets of three European Commissioners. Dr. Leigh was knighted in 2012 for his services to the enlargement of the EU.
Sebastian Vos, Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Public Policy practice, will introduce the speakers and chair the discussion.