Coming six months on from the International Trade Committee’s report into trading options after 2019, this forum convenes to facilitate the ever important dialogue between British businesses and the Government as we undergo immense constitutional and economic change.
Policymakers, business leaders, academics, diplomats, and trade representatives alike will engage in a timely debate, assessing the models of trade available to us post-Brexit, the nature of a deal with Europe, what Theresa May’s “no deal” scenario looks like, and how global Britain can be by 2019.
Focusing specifically on trade in goods, this morning session will facilitate dynamic debate on balancing the overall strategy and political aims of central government, enabling ease of market access and competitiveness for businesses, and achieving inclusive economic sustainability.
Negotiating Prosperity: Consequences of Future Models of Trade with Europe
This panel will tackle the biggest questions that are hovering over our negotiations with the European Union. Panellists will investigate the work being done by the Departments of International Trade and Exiting the European Union, and assess the models of trade available for Britain: EEA or EFTA membership, membership and access to the single market, the customs union, and what trading on WTO rules – the “no deal” scenario – would actually look like. Who benefits most from each model, which sectors will be hardest hit, and how do we successfully manage change so British productivity, competitiveness, and growth don’t take a hit?
New Horizons: Getting British Goods to New Markets
Following on from the previous panel, speakers will now address our future trading relationships beyond Europe: how the deal we reached with the EU will impact our balance of trade, and capabilities of seeking Free Trade Agreements with no-EU states; which markets we prioritise for trade, and the ability of the Government to begin talks before our exit date. Businesses will advise policymakers on which models benefit or damage their access to foreign materials, and the price of exports.
Selling ‘Made in Britain’: Marketing Tactics for Global Leadership
With Theresa May’s Government dedicated to promoting the Global Britain brand, we will assess here the potential need for domestic reforms in order to achieve the Government’s stated goals, or the desires of the business community; the work of marketing and diplomacy will play in both increasing ease of importing foreign goods and services and persuading other markets to Buy British. Why should foreign markets be interested in what Britain sells?