An expert panel will assess how it’s gone so far – and what needs to happen to make Brexit a success
On January 1st 2021, after the agreement of a Christmas Eve deal with the EU, the UK left the transition period and Brexit became and economic as well as diplomatic reality. This has caused challenges and disruption to UK trade and businesses, distinct from the pandemic; it has also resulted in ongoing strain on the UK’s geopolitical influence and relationships. However, it has also provided a chance to set rules which work for the circumstances of our businesses and to create new opportunities further afield for trade and international collaboration.
In Brexit Six Months On, Lansons Board Director James Dowling will host an expert panel including Professor Anand Menon, Director of the UK in a Changing Europe, David Gauke, former Secretary of State for Justice, and leading economist Vicky Pryce. We will consider the possible future opportunities for businesses and potential pathway for government after the challenges of the past six months.
In this live session we will:
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former Secretary of State for Justice
David was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2016, where he attended Cabinet and had responsibility for public spending. In 2017, he was promoted to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and in January 2018 he was appointed Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, becoming the first solicitor to become Lord Chancellor. David was elected Member of Parliament for South West Hertfordshire in 2005, becoming a Shadow Treasury Minister in 2007. On the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, he was appointed as the minister responsible for the tax system, first as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and then, from 2014, as Financial Secretary to the Treasury. David left government in July 2019. David now works for Macfarlanes, providing strategic support to clients across a wide range of public policy issues including the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU and the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, an Honorary Freeman of the City of London and an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple.
Economist Board Member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research
Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She has held a number of academic posts and is a Fellow and Council member of the UK Academy for Social Sciences, a Fellow of the Society of Professional Economists and a Companion of the British Academy of Management.. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF and of the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce. She is also a Patron of the charities Pro-Bono Economics and Working Chance. Her books include: “Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don't Get It”; “It's the Economy, Stupid- Economics for Voters”, with Ross and Urwin; and “Redesigning Manufacturing”, with Nielsen and Beverland. “Her latest book, “Women vs Capitalism”, was published by Hurst in November 2019. She is co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to advise on corporate social responsibility and is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London.
Director of UK in a Changing Europe and Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London
Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London. He also directs the UK in a Changing Europe project (www.ukandeu.ac.uk). His areas of research interest include the policies and institutions of the European Union, European security, and British politics. He contributes regularly to both print and broadcast media. He is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the European Union (OUP, 2012), and co-author of Brexit and British Politics (Polity 2018). He is a trustee of Full Fact a member of the Strategic Council of the European Policy Centre, a Council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and an associate fellow of Chatham House.
Board Director and Lead Political Consultant
James oversees Lansons’ public affairs and public policy practice. A former Conservative Special Adviser and Treasury official, James has worked with senior ministers across Government including the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord Chancellor.