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Breakfast Meeting: Twelve months to go – what to expect regarding Brexit?

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The breakfast meeting organised jointly by the Franco-British Chamber and Networkirlande on the theme “12 Months to Go: What to Expect Regarding Brexit?” was of great interest to members who packed the meeting room on the 5th April.

Orchestrated by Olivier Campenon, President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, with Richard Dujardin President of NetworkIrlande, the presentations of Katie Daughen, Head of Brexit Policy at the British-Irish Chamber, Sinèad Lonergan, Manager of Enterprise Ireland France, Monica McLaverty, Southern Europe Manager, Tourism Ireland and Rebecca Anderson, Deputy Director, Northern Ireland and Ireland Policy, Department for Exiting the European Union, shed light on both the challenges and the opportunities likely to arise from Brexit.

Katie Daughen set the scene by outlining the British-Irish Chamber’s “Big Principles for a Strong Brexit Partnership”, a framework for how trade between the UK, Ireland and the EU could work in a post-Brexit world.

Sinéad Lonergan underlined amongst others 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.

The "two Ireland" tourism interdependence explained by Monica McLaverty and the British and Irish wish for an objective collaboration to preserve the Good Friday Peace Accords signed 20 years ago  to preserve the free movement of people on the island of Ireland and cross-border work, were widely discussed. In her presentation Monica pointed out that one-third of Ireland's Tourism budget comes from the UK and that Tourism is an important driver of Northern Ireland's economy, responsible for more than 5.2% of GDP, 61,300 jobs, and of one in 10 jobs in Northern Ireland.

Rebecca Anderson concluded with an enlightening overview of the progress made so far by the Department of the European Union in the negotiations on Brexit, as well as on objectives to be reached in future negotiations.

A very stimulating discussion ensued, with some thought-provoking questions from British and Irish companies present.

We would like to thank our co-organisers the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, the four excellent speakers and all members for a very successful event.


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