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Understanding The Brexit Deal: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tue 30th Oct 2018

Edinburgh, Morton Fraser Lawyers

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OVERVIEW View Conference Agenda

This conference will explain what the emerging deal between the UK and the EU means. It will set out how the core elements of the deal will affect trade, access to EU markets and economic prospects and the impact of these changes upon labour for private and public sectors, tariffs, rules and regulations, customs and supply chains. If you want to understand what Brexit will mean for your organisation, start here.

October 2018 is expected to see the completion of UK-EU negotiations on withdrawal from the European Union and consequent draft agreements published. These two agreements will cover a 'Withdrawal Agreement' and a political declaration on a 'framework for the future relationship'. This important staging point should see the ending of general uncertainty on the broad framework for Brexit and entry into the next stage - broad certainty on the outlines of departure with specific uncertainty on many areas of detail.

This conference is therefore timed to be able to explain the shape and implications of the draft agreements, the consequential negotiations which will have to take place and the meaning of all of these for future trade, access to markets, availability and movement of labour and the long term relationship of the UK to the EU.

The conference will take place in three sessions:

  • Have we left yet and where are we going?
  • The Deal - filling in the detail of our new relationship to the EU
  • Drilling into the detail - what it means for core sectors

The UK is scheduled to formally leave the EU in March 2019. Already the post-March 2019 transition period has been set, running until the end of 2020. What was originally intended to be a period for bedding-in pre-agreed arrangements after leaving is instead to be a further negotiating period. This will mean ongoing work to scope, negotiate, ratify and implement the detail of agreements for many years ahead, with some commentators estimating five or more years to do so.

Some of the core areas that the conference will discuss in the light of the negotiated position in October will include:

  • Where are we now?
  • Scoping our economic prospects
  • Transition continued: understanding the coming years of negotiation
  • What's the Deal? Getting to grips with how we will trade
  • After the Single Market: understanding access
  • Filling in the detail of our new relationship to the EU
  • What it all means for core sectors:
    > Industry and Manufacturing
    > Service Economy
    > Public Sector
    > Environment, Agriculture and Food

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Michael Russell MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Scottish Government

Lynda Towers

Conference Chair and Director of Public Law, Morton Fraser

Dr Rebecca Piggott

Senior Economist, National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Michael Moore

Senior Adviser, PwC United Kingdom

Professor John Peterson

Professor of International Politics, University of Edinburgh

Professor Drew Scott

Professor of European Studies - Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh

Dr John McGurk

Head of Policy and Insights: UK Nations and Regions, CIPD

Dr Peter Mowforth

Chief Executive, INDEZ

Vonnie Sandlan

Senior Policy Officer, Colleges Scotland

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