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Brexit: Can a bitter divorce end up in a good trade partnership?


Brexit: Can a bitter divorce end up  in a good trade partnership?

The European Union and the United Kingdom have less than two years to negotiate a satisfactory deal for their divorce.

European and British companies are closely interconnected. A sudden disentanglement, without an agreement, would bring new barriers to trade and prolonged legal uncertainty, hindering business on both side of the Channel.

To mark the first anniversary of the Brexit referendum, EURACTIV organised this high-level Forum to discuss what kind of future relationship the EU and the UK might have and how the industrial sector can continue thriving. Questions included:
- What are the priorities for the Brexit negotiations? Will industry’s concerns be correctly taken into consideration?
- Which legal and trade uncertainties are to be expected over the two coming years?
- How will the Single Market be affected by Brexit?
- What will happen if no agreement is reached? How can new barriers to the movement of workers and goods be avoided?
- How does Brexit affect industry value chains across Europe?
- How can European and British industries minimise possible difficulties?

An article summarising the discussion is available on

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Euractiv Network Office
Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Brussels

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Philippe Lamberts MEP, Greens/EFA Co-Chair, European Parliament
Glenn Vaughan, Chief Executive, British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium
Karl Haeusgen, Vice-President, VDMA
André Sapir, Senior Fellow, Bruegel


17:00 – 17:30 Registration
17:30 – 18:15 Opening statements
18:15 – 19:00 Discussion and Q&A
19:00 – 20:00 Networking reception