IN OR OUT? HOW AN EU REFERENDUM COULD AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS

What are the risks and opportunities for UK-located businesses of Britain leaving the EU?

How could ‘in’ or ‘out’ actually look? Should the UK stay or go? What should the government renegotiate ahead of the proposed referendum, and in the event of an exit, what structures should the government put into place to manage the transition? 

With a line up featuring leading businesspeople, subject matter experts and politicians and civil servants with experience dealing with and within the EU, In or Out? will clarify: 

  • How could the EU referendum impact your business and should you take a public stance on the issue?  
  • The costs and benefits: what would leaving the EU mean for the UK economy? 
  • The terms of trade: where would an exit leave the UK in relation to EU trade agreements, and what could replace them? 
  • What could ‘in’ look like? The future of the EU in the context of the Eurozone crisis and the emergence of a ‘two tier’ union
  • What could and should a renegotiation of the UK’s role in Europe deliver for business?
  • How would an exit affect FDI and intra-European investment, as well as outflows from the UK? The view from Asian, US and other European investors
  • Potential processes for exit: how could ‘leaving’ look? 
  • The impact on the finance industry and the City of London
  • Red tape: the facts and the fiction

Join the UK’s leading experts, politicians and businesspeople in unpacking the consequences of both choices, and in discussing how they could affect your business. Network with Britain’s key decision-makers in Europe, and vote anonymously on your view of which way the UK should vote. 


 

Schedule

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08.15 Registration & refreshments
09.00 Chairman’s opening remarks
  •   Tim Skeet - Board Member, International Capital Markets Association

  • 09.15 Panel: How could the EU referendum impact your business and should you take a public stance on the issue?
  •   Luke Johnson - Chairman, Risk Capital Partners; former Chairman, Channel 4
  •   Dame Helen Alexander - Chairman, UBM; Non-Exec. Director, Rolls-Royce Group,
  •   Roland Rudd - Chairman, RLM Finsbury & Chairman, Business for New Europe
  •   John Mills - Founder, JML; largest ever donor to the Labour Party
  •   Colin Stanbridge - CEO, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (moderator)

  • 10.00 Talk: Trading places: where would an exit leave the UK in relation to EU trade agreements, and what could replace them?
  •   Lord Hannay - formerly: UK Ambassador to the EEC; UK Ambassador to the UN

  • 10.30 Morning coffee break & networking
    11.15 Panel: Envisaging 'out': what are the costs and benefits of EU membership for the UK economy?
  •   Hugo Dixon - Editor-at-large, Reuters News
  •   Ruth Lea - Political Economist & NED, Arbuthnot Banking Group plc
  •   Tim Congdon - Economics Spokesman, UKIP
  •   John Dickie - Director of Strategy & Policy, London First
  •   David Charter - Berlin Correspondent, The Times (moderator)

  • 12.00 Panel: What could and should a renegotiation of the UK's role in Europe deliver for business ahead of the proposed 2017 referendum?
  •   Lord Liddle - Chairman, Policy Network
  •   Alisdair McIntosh - Director, Business for New Europe; formerly CEO, UK Government Scotland Office
  •   Sharon Bowles MEP - Chair, Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament
  •   Simon Walker - Director General, The Institute of Directors
  •   Anthony Hilton - Senior Commentator, The Evening Standard (moderator)

  • 12.45 Lunch
    14.15 Talk: Red tape: the facts & the fiction
  •   Julian Smith MP - Co-Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Micro-Businesses
  •   Sir Stephen Wall - formerly: UK Permanent Representative to the EU & Ambassador to Portugal; EU advisor to Sir John Major and Tony Blair

  • 14.45 What could 'in' look like? The future of the EU in the context of the Eurozone crisis and the emergence of a 'two tier' union
  •   Professor Simon Hix - Head of Department of Government, LSE
  •   Professor Catherine Barnard - Professor of EU Law, University of Cambridge
  •   Mats Persson - Director, Open Europe
  •   Charles Grant - Director, Centre for European Reform
  •   Peter Wilding - Director, British Influence
  •   John Peet - Europe Editor, The Economist (moderator)

  • 15.30 Talk: How could 'leaving' look? An overview of the potential process for exit
  •   Professor Vernon Bogdanor - Research Professor, King’s College London

  • 16.00 Afternoon coffee break & networking
    16.45 Panel: The impact on the finance industry & the City of London
  •   Helena Morrissey - CEO, Newton Investment Management
  •   Sir David Wootton - Partner, Allen & Overy; Lord Mayor of London (2011-12)
  •   Daniel Hodson - Chairman, Berry, Palmer & Lyle Holdings
  •   Megan Greene - Chief Economist, Maverick Intelligence
  •   Marc Sidwell - Managing Editor, City A.M. (moderator)

  • 17.30 Panel: How would an exit affect FDI and intra-European investment, as well as outflows from the UK? The view from Asian, US, European and other international investors
  •   Charlie Johnstone - Origination Partner, ECI Partners
  •   Jamison Firestone - Managing Partner, FD Advisory
  •   Dr Peter Damesick - Chairman of EMEA Research, CBRE
  •   Petros Fassoulas - Chairman, European Movement UK (moderator)

  • 18.15 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by drinks reception
  •   Tim Skeet - Board Member, International Capital Markets Association

  • 20.15 Close of event

    Please note all of the above is confirmed as of today's date. Session details, speakers and timings may all vary between now and the date of the conference due to reasons beyond the control of the organisers. 

     
     

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