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Can European business influence the Brexit outcome?


Can European business influence the Brexit outcome?

The Brexit negotiations are under way and details are beginning to emerge as to the EU and UK’s priorities. And yet the role for business in the negotiating process remains unclear.
To what extent will companies choose to air the views? And when, and how, should they do so?
This event, held in Westminster on Oct 19, saw an introductory presentation from our research partner ComRes on business’s Brexit journey so far. Then our panel tackled questions such as:

• Is business making its voice heard in the Brexit negotiations?
• British and non-British business: a difference of reaction to the Brexit
negotiations? (Views from UK, American, Irish, and German
business representatives)
• ‘Brexit taskforces’: how do organisations acquire the knowledge to
understand and influence the outcome?
• When to communicate to gain maximum impact/influence?
Understanding the process and Brexit negotiating rounds
• Who are your target audiences (regulators, domestic and 'EU'
politicians, government departments, media)?
• What are your messages (realities, consequences, preferred
outcomes, regulatory implications, shift public opinion)?

Read about the event here

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Introductory Research Presentation
Andrew Hawkins, Executive Chairman, ComRes
@Andrew_ComRes / @ComRes

Confirmed Speakers
James Ashton-Bell, Head of Trade & Investment, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) / @CBItweets
Emanuel Adam, Director of Policy & Trade, BritishAmerican Business / @EmanueAdam / @BABLondon
Danny McCoy, Chief Executive, Ibec (Irish business) / @Ibec_irl
Holger Kunze, Director, European office, VDMA (German industry association) / @VDMAeu
Anne-Marie Martin, Chief Executive, Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) / @amnmartin / @COBCOE

Natalie Sarkic-Todd, Network Director, EURACTIV
@SarkicTodd / @EURACTIV


17:45 – 18:00 Registration
18:00 – 18:15 Introductory research by ComRes
18:15 – 19:00 Panel discussion
19:00 – 19:30 Q&A
19:30 – 20:30 Drinks Reception