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UK's Brexit negotiation strategy and future of service sector

24 January 2017

The International Trade Committee continue their inquiry into UK trade options beyond 2019 with an evidence session that covers issues including EU, and non-EU, trade negotiations and the impact of Brexit on the UK service sector, including financial services. This will be the committee's first opportunity to consider the contents of the Prime Minister's speech setting out the path to Brexit.


Tuesday 24 January 2017, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10.45am

  • Sir Andrew Cahn, former head of UK Trade and Investment
  • Owen Tudor, Head of European Union and International Relations, TUC
  • Sean McGuire, Director, CBI Brussels

At 11.30

  • Mickael Laurans, Interim Head of International Policy and Engagement, Head of Brussels (EU and WTO) Affairs, The Law Society
  • Hugh Savill, Director of Regulation, Association of British Insurers
  • Gerald Grech, CEO, Tech City UK

Purpose of the session

First panel

The first panel will focus on the UK's future trade relationship with the EU and the rest of the world, looking at the potential for free trade agreements and a UK-EU customs agreements.

The committee will consider the current strength of the UK's negotiating position, with particular reference to the position set out in the Prime Minister's Lancaster House speech.

Second panel

The second panel looks at the future for the UK's trade in services after Brexit. How important is the trade in services to the UK, and which sectors comprise it?

What will be the effect on financial services when "passporting" rights are lost as a result of leaving the Single Market?

Further information

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