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Brexit: The future shape of EU-UK trade relations 06/09/17

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Brexit: The future shape of EU-UK trade relations

Mats Persson, Head of International Trade, EY

Wednesday, 6 September at 12.45p.m.

 The IIEA, 8, North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1

Issued on: Wednesday, 6 September

Ahead of his address at the IIEA, Mats Persson said: “Discussions around Brexit to date have been far too focussed on confirmation bias on all sides, rather than focussing on finding a constructive way through to a comprehensive and negotiated settlement.”

He continued: “In particular, to avoid even more economic uncertainty in the UK and Ireland, in particular, and to inject some confidence amongst businesses it is vital that both sides strike an early principal agreement on a transition period.”


About the Speaker:

Mats Persson is the Head of International Trade at EY, where he plays a lead role in analysing the impact of Brexit on the UK economy, sectors and individual firms. He was previously the Special Advisor for Europe to former UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and he was a member of the team that renegotiated the UK’s EU membership terms in 2015/16.

About the Speech:

EU-UK Brexit negotiations will not progress to ‘phase two’ until sufficient progress has been made in dealing with the UK’s financial liabilities, the rights of citizens and Northern Ireland. The UK has, however, been keen to address these issues while simultaneously conducting negotiations on the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU. Within this context, Mr Persson will discuss the implications of the UK negotiating position and the impact that the negotiations will have on the future shape of the EU-UK trading relationship. He will also examine what a possible transitional arrangement will look like.


Further Information:

The IIEA is Ireland’s leading independent think tank and policy research institute. It acts as a forum, bringing together stakeholders to discuss issues of national, European and international significance.

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