FT Brexit and Beyond Summit 2019

FT Brexit and Beyond Summit 2019

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The Financial Times is proud to announce the fifth FT Brexit and Beyond Summit. As project fear and project reality collide, stakeholders from business, politics and academia will gather in May 2019 to discuss what it all means. Hear expert analysis on the latest developments from senior FT journalists plugged into Westminster, Brussels and the UK regions. Explore the economic transition facing the UK, discuss what has happened to the UK economy and business so far, find out about new trading relationships and on-going negotiations, listen to case studies of how businesses are planning for the future and discuss how success can be achieved in a post-Brexit landscape.

  • Business professionals from all sectors including finance, energy, healthcare, utilities, transport and technology
  • Economists and policy experts from think tanks and academia specialising in European and foreign affairs
  • Politicians and civil servants from UK government and EU institutions including the European Commission, European Council, European Parliament and ECB
  • Directors from international trade organisations and regulatory agencies
  • Ambassadors and diplomats from EU member states and other nations

8:00am Registration and refreshments

9:00am Opening remarks
Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

9:05am FT Brexit Briefing
Some of the FT’s most senior journalists discuss the latest developments in the Brexit negotiations. Hear from our journalists in London and Brussels who have broken some of the key Brexit stories since 2016 and find out how the UK and EU’s ideas are taking shape. Learn about new rules for tariffs and trading, the rise of populism, changing relations with the US, and find out what this all means for business.

9:50am Keynote: A manufacturing leader's view of the world beyond Brexit
  • How is Brexit impacting on other business concerns, such as ESG, climate change, energy, innovation and productivity?
  • How will a pivot in UK trading relations with the US and Europe impact on business decisions?
Ian Howells, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe

10:10am Introductory Keynote
James Stewart, Vice Chair & Head of Brexit, KPMG in the UK

10:20am Panel discussion: Business planning for 2020 and beyond
  • Changes in the geopolitical landscape are driving key business sectors to adjust their investment strategy. Find out how major players are building resilience and adapting to the new world of business.
  • How are some of the UK’s key business sectors preparing for future relations with the EU and other trading partners?
  • What does the current business environment mean for investment decisions and location strategies?
  • What does the Brexit process mean for the UK’s most forward looking industries?
  • Should the private sector take the lead in driving the UK’s industrial strategy?
  • What does Brexit mean for services?
  • What do inward investors need to hear from the UK for them to ramp up investments?
Liz Henderson, Managing Director and General Manager – UK and Ireland, Biopharma Merck
Nicolas Mackel, CEO, Luxembourg for Finance
James Stewart, Vice Chair & Head of Brexit, KPMG in the UK

11:00am Morning Refreshments

11:30am Fireside chat: An international perspective

11:50am Panel discussion: Trading relations and economic growth
As talk of deglobalisation, trade wars and protectionism continue, we look at what this means for business and consumers in a post-Brexit world. We consider what trading relationships such as NAFTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership would mean for business. We also look at the economic challenges that the UK faces, how it is addressing them, and whether it has the political and economic capital to get deals through.
  • What are the latest economic trends and forecasts for the world’s major economies?
  • What impact will trade tensions have on global investment and growth?
  • What are the consequences of producer-led pressure for tariffs?
  • What impact will the new trading environment have on supply chains, agriculture and services?
  • Will the UK economy become more services-oriented? And what impact will new relations have on legal services?
  • What can we learn about trade practices from businesses that are already trading beyond the EU?
Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK
Sir Simon Fraser, Former Permanent Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Officeand Co-Founder, Flint Global

12:40pm Circular Dialogue
Panellists and moderators join delegates at their tables to discuss the morning sessions.

1:00pm Networking Lunch

2:10pm UK Government Keynote
Hear the official view on the transition and future relationship between the UK, the EU and other major trading partners. Find out what happens next as the UK leaves the EU.

2:30pm Introductory keynote: Perspective from the UK regions and nations

2:50pm Panel discussion: Building resilience in the UK’s regions
The Brexit vote has highlighted economic and social divisions throughout the UK. What needs to be done to boost the economies of the UK’s regions and nations and drive inward investment throughout the country? How do we rebalance regional economies and create dynamic forward-looking industries that will provide the jobs of the future?
  • What does Brexit mean for the union?
  • What are the different regional strategies for life outside the EU? And could a decentralised model for investment work?
  • How do we ensure growth and greater social cohesion in our regions?
  • What does Brexit mean for regional clusters and supply chains?
  • How are the UK regions coping with the loss of EU subsidies and changes to tariff rules?
Luke Georghiou, Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester

3:30pm Afternoon refreshments

3:55pm Panel discussion: Ask the experts
During this interactive session, our panel of experts will answer questions on future Brexit and global issues that are shaping business planning, including political and economic developments, environmental issues, skills development and immigration.
Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels
Sir Ivan Rogers, Former UK Ambassador to the EU
James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times

4:40pm Closing keynote: Business beyond Brexit
The view of post-Brexit business from the head of a financial services firm

5:00pm The closing summit review
James Blitz, Whitehall Editor, Financial Times
Daniel Dombey, Brexit Editor, Financial Times

5:10pm Drinks reception

Registration available online here

Standard Summit Ticket
£995 +VAT

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