WoE Initiative Meeting – 29/06/2017
The 29 June West of England Initiative Evening focused on Brexit and what it means one year on from the referendum – for business, for the region and for the UK. Held in partnership with the Festival of Ideas, over 200 guests were in attendance at the University of Bristol to watch a distinguished panel of experts explore some of the critical issues surrounding negotiations and what the comings months and years might hold. The quality of discussion was high and we hope all who attended found it engaging and insightful.
The panel, which featured Professor Alan Winters (UK Trade Policy Observatory); Heather Stewart (the Guardian); Vicky Pryce (Centre for Economics and Business Research); Simon Tilford (Centre for European Reform) and Philip Oltermann (the Guardian), took questions from chair Andrew Kelly and audience members to explore:
– The unfolding political dynamics within the UK and EU and how they might influence Brexit negotiations.
– The UK and EU negotiating positions and the trade-offs involved.
– Possible scenarios and their likely implications for business, the economy and citizens.
The audience was also shown a short film highlighting the perspectives of a number of local businesses and the issues that Brexit presents for them.
In their remarks to open and close the event, both Professor Steve West and Professor Judith Squires (University of Bristol) emphasised that Bristol is an open, diverse and trading city which is working across business, government and civil society to interrogate and promote solutions that work for the area post-Brexit. The Initiative and Business West will continue to play an active role here and we’ll be working hard to ensure the views of business are heard in government.
If you missed the event, or would like to listen again to the discussion, you can find the recording on SoundCloud below.