The morning of Thursday 5th April 2018 saw our breakfast event 12 Months to Go: What to Expect Regarding Brexit? We were delighted to welcome around 30 members and guests to the event organised in association with NetworkIreland, whom we would like to thank for all their hard work in helping to make this event such a success.
Guest speakers for the morning included Rebecca Anderson, Deputy Director of Northern Ireland and Ireland Policy at DEXEU, Katie Daughen, Head of Brexit Policy at the British-Irish Chamber, Sinéad Lonergan, Manager of Enterprise Ireland in France, and Monica McLaverty, Southern Europe Manager of Tourism Ireland. We would like to thank all speakers for their time and their fascinating input.
The breakfast began with welcoming words from NetworkIreland President Richard Dujardin and Chamber President & Moderator for the morning Olivier Campenon. Following this, Katie Daughen began the discussion by briefly outlining the British-Irish Chamber’s latest paper ‘How to Make Brexit Work for all’.
Moderator Olivier Campenon then bought the other guest speakers into the discussion, with questions relating to their areas of expertise. Sinéad Lonergan underlined the measures Enterprise Ireland has been taking to help Irish businesses in France in the run up to Brexit, including their successful Brexit Scorecard system, whilst Monica MacLaverty detailed the impact Brexit was having on the tourism industry, underlining not only the challenges, but also the opportunities it may present. Rebecca Anderson then gave an overview of the progress made by the Department for Exiting the European Union in the Brexit negotiations to date, as well as the objectives for future negotiations.
The floor was then opened up to comments and questions from members and guests, before each speaker was invited to make a closing comment.
Once again we would like to thank our co-organisers NetworkIreland, our four speakers and all members and guests for their support. Keep an eye on our website for news on all forthcoming events.