On 23rd September TORI Global hosted a thought-provoking discussion, 'Brexit, what will the impact be?', at the historic Guildhall. We had the pleasure of hearing from, and questioning, prestigious speakers who are experts in their field. Here are some of the highlights from the speeches:
Phil Walker, Special Advisor to TORI Global, opened the debate:
"Change is coming but the UK will respond as it has always done to macro change. It will educate slowly, adapt far faster than most people acknowledge and innovate with alacrity.'
Andrew Henderson, Partner at Eversheds, shared his views on the important topic of passporting:
"Those negotiating Britain's exit from the EU and those wanting to influence the negotiators need to understand fully both the benefits and the cost of passport rights and the limitations of third country access rights. Only then can they begin brokering a sensible deal for Britain."
Aaron Simpson, Partner at Hunton & Williams, and Bojana Bellamy, President of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership, delved into the impact of Brexit on data privacy and security law:
"The unimpeded flow of data is critical to sustaining long-term economic growth, and we must not let Brexit result in the creation of virtual walls around the UK."
Our keynote speaker, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, shared his views on Brexit and the future of the UK and Europe:
"It's never as good as you hope, it's never as bad as you fear."
Jeremy Browne, Special Representative for the City to the EU, was our final speaker, and looked at how the City will forge a new path in a post-Brexit world:
"The City of London has outgrown England. We are Europe's global financial centre."
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