Which path for Britain after Brexit? The Swiss, Norwegian and Canadian alternatives

Tuesday, 17th October 2017 2:00 to 3:30 pm (BST) BE

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In her Florence Speech the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, struck a grown-up consensus on Brexit. She outlined plans for an ‘implementation period’ – or transition – of around two years at the end of the Article 50 process. While her Cabinet is largely united around this position, a conflict over the right path for Britain to follow thereafter has spilled out into the Press.

Ahead of the EU Summit, which will decide whether negotiations have made ‘sufficient progress’ to start discussing the UK’s future status, Open Europe brings together a panel of prominent experts to consider the possible models the UK could follow. The UK Government has committed to leaving the Single Market but is reportedly considering a so-called ‘EEA minus’ arrangement. The Labour opposition is open to staying in the Single Market if it can achieve fundamental reform. Other options under consideration include a relationship based on a trade deal of the sort which Canada enjoys, a ‘CETA plus’ model.
While attention has focused inevitably around the mechanics of the negotiations and possible UK payments to Brussels, far too little thought has been given to where the UK ends up after Brexit. That is what this event will focus on.


David Campbell Bannerman
British Conservative MEP, member of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee

Hannes Boner
VP and general counsel of Sappi Europe SA. Previously, a private legal practitioner in Brussels and Zurich.

Paal Frisvold
Consultant for Norway’s industry federation and civil society, author of books on the European Econonic Area (EEA), former leader of the European Movement in Norway and former advisor to the Secretary General of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

Henry Newman
Director, Open Europe

The event will be chaired by Helena Raulus, Head of Brussels office, The UK Law Societies.
For more information, please get in touch with Pieter Cleppe, the head of Open Europe’s Brussels office, at pieter@openeurope.org.uk or + 32 2 540 86 25