The UK triggers Article 50: what to expect next?

Wednesday, 8th March 2017 4:30 to 6:00 pm (GMT) Brussels, BE

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Event co-hosted by Open Europe and the Joint Law Society Brussels Office
Ahead of the British government’s triggering of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, Open Europe and the Joint Law Society Brussels Office are bringing together prominent speakers from both Britain and the EU27 to discuss what to expect next, both for the EU and for the UK.Some of the issues to be addressed include: What could the European Commission’s negotiation mandate look like? When precisely will the negotiations start and how long will the effective period of negotiation be? What will be the main challenges to overcome? Will the EU agree to start discussing Britain’s post-Brexit status alongside exit negotiations in order to avoid an economically damaging cliff-edge in Spring 2019? Will Britain begin discussing new trade deals while EU negotiations are ongoing, and will the EU challenge this? Finally, what role will the European Parliament play?  
Speakers:  Daniel Dalton Member of European Parliament for the UK (Conservatives, ECR Group)
Danuta HübnerMember of European Parliament for Poland, Chair of the AFCO – Committee (PO, EPP Group)
Michael-James CliftonChef de Cabinet to the President of the EFTA Court
Stephen BoothDirector of Policy and Research, Open Europe
Moderator: Bojan Pancevski, EU-correspondent of the Sunday Times
A drinks reception will be hosted afterwards, from 6:30pm.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Some research on the issue:
Published before the Referendum result was known, Open Europe’s liberal free-market guide to Brexit offered practical recommendations and case studies to show how the UK and EU can minimise trade friction after Brexit.
https://openeurope.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Open-Europe-A-liberal-free-market-guide-to-Brexit-FINAL.pdf
Open Europe’s landmark financial services report sets out how UK and EU policy-makers and practitioners can preserve the vital links and regulatory frameworks that connect the EU to the UK financial services industry, its most significant source of capital and expertise.
http://openeurope.org.uk/today/blog/how-to-ensure-uk-and-european-financial-services-continue-to-thrive-after-brexit/
The Law Society of England and Wales, Brexit and the Law report, http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/research-trends/brexit-and-the-law-report/
The Law Society of Scotland, Negotiation priorities on leaving the EU: Proposals by the Law Society of Scotlandhttp://www.lawscot.org.uk/media/983776/proposal-uk-government-negotiation-priorities-on-leaving-the-eu-final-021216-.pdf
For any queries please contact: Pieter Cleppe Head of Open Europe Brussels Office +32 2 540 86 25 pieter@openeurope.org.uk    
Helena RaulusJoint Law Society Brussels OfficeHelena.Raulus@LawSociety.org.uk

Event Summary

At a panel debate in Brussels hosted by Open Europe and the Joint Law Society Brussels Office, British Conservative MEP Daniel Dalton said that,

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