Open Europe is delighted to announce the appointment of Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise as its new Chairman, following the passing of our previous Chairman and founder Lord Leach of Fairford earlier this year.

With formal Brexit talks due to start next year, the Open Europe Advisory Council has adopted a new mission statement.

Open Europe is also restructuring its executive leadership team. Stephen Booth will take over as Acting Director and Director of Policy and Research while we recruit a new Chief Executive. Meanwhile, Raoul Ruparel has left Open Europe to become Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU at 9 Downing Street.

Open Europe’s new Chairman Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise said,

“Over the coming weeks and months, Open Europe will publish in-depth analysis and propose concrete policy recommendations for how to reshape the UK’s relationship with the EU in all areas – from financial services to immigration policy. We will also examine how to remake domestic policy to ensure the UK remains open and attractive for business whilst taking advantage of new opportunities in other parts of the World.”

“Open Europe’s ambition is to build a consensus across open-minded leavers and remainers – who together now form a majority – and promote a rational public debate about how to best position Britain for the 21st Century.”

Open Europe’s new mission statement

Open Europe’s mission is to conduct rigorous analysis and produce recommendations on which to base the UK’s new relationship with the EU and its trading relationships with the rest of the world. We aim to ensure that Government policy and public debate is rational and well informed.

In the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, our programme of research and consultation will focus particularly on:

• The UK’s new relationship with the EU, including trade, security and political cooperation.

• The most important opportunities for new trading relationships with nations outside the EU.

• Productive international cooperation across areas such as immigration, research and development, cross-border investment and financial services.

Our starting point is the promotion of democratically grounded economic, trade and investment policies which foster growth, employment and freedom under the rule of law.

Guided by these free market and liberal principles, we are committed to an open Europe and an open Britain.

Further reading

Where next? A liberal, free-market guide to Brexit

What if…? The consequences, challenges and opportunities facing Britain outside the EU

As the UK searches for a post-Brexit plan, is the EEA a viable option?

Priorities for the new Department for International Trade post-Brexit

What does a hard Brexit or a soft Brexit actually mean?

EU Citizens who have already settled in Britain must be made to feel welcome