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Recording - Originally broadcast: 25 October 2018

The 18-19 October EU Council meeting was the focus of expectations for the agreement between the UK and the EU27 on a Brexit withdrawal agreement. However, given the growing domestic political pressure on Theresa May's Chequers proposal, deepened by the EU's definitive response in Salzburg, few believed that an agreement would be reached during this meeting.
With five months to go, our experts reflected on the state of the negotiations following the October Summit and assessed the possible options ahead. They also covered the most pressing issues for business and provided examples of how organisations are managing their Brexit risk and seizing the opportunities.
Topics for discussion included:

  • Lessons from the October Council and where do the UK and the EU27 go from here. 
  • The remaining obstacles to an EU/UK exit deal to secure a transitional period from 29 March 2019. 
  • What business should be doing to prepare for 29 March 2019 and beyond.

Joining members of our core Brexit team, Paul Butcher (Brexit Director) and Tom Henderson (Senior Associate), were:

Ameet Gill, Partner, Hanbury Strategy, advised David Cameron for over 10 years, working on 2 General Elections and 3 referendums and spent 6 years in Downing Street. As No 10 Director of Strategy he was deeply involved in the pre-referendum EU negotiations.

Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors, devises recommendations on EU reform matters and acts as the link between business and Government on increasing international trade, having previously advised a number of parliamentarians in both Houses on EU legislative issues. She was also Research Director at Business for Britain - the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK's relationship with the EU.

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