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Dr Denis MacShane delivers unique insights into the Brexit Negotiations and the new policies and politics following the Referendum.
The former UK Minister for Europe, and a former BBC journalist and the man whose book Brexit: How Britain Will Leave Europe published in January 2015 predicted the Brexit referendum result 18 months before 23rd June this year is available to give speeches, take part in panel dicussions, moderate seminars, or provide personal briefings for Chief Executives, boards, or senior management on the unfolding of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.
Dr MacShane writes extensively for UK, European and US media. He works with Avisa Partners, a strategic Brussels consultancy, as Senior Advisor. Speaking French, German and Spanish and active in EU political circles for 30 years he has better access to political decision-makers in Brussels and EU capitals than most in the UK
Specialist EU focused lawyers, trade specialists, experts in different sectors covered by the 33 EU Commissions Directorates General, academics, think-tanks and research institutions will all be producing valuable reports and insights.
MacShane can bring to life these complex and difficult discussions and spell out what they mean for your firm or organisation. He is well-known as a fluent and witty speaker regularly addressing delegates at conferences, at panel discussions or speaking at literary events.
Dr MacShane who served in Parliament 1994-2012 and was named by Tony Blair as PPS and Minister at the FCO 1997-2005 and the UK delegate to the Council of Europe 2005-2010 counts as personal friends the three UK Ministers in charge of Brexit – Brexit Secretary, David Davis MP: Brexit Trade Minister, Dr Liam Fox MP and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Brexit negotiator, is also a personal friend..
There are 11 different negotiations and new agreements that have to emerge over the next period.
1. Article 50 talks once invoked by Prime Minister Theresa May will cover the concrete terms of the UK’s departure – the future of all British citizens employed by the EU, MEPs, future pension arrangements, who pays for existing pension liabilities. In addition, the future of the European Medicines Agency and European Banking Authority both based in London will have to decided.
2. UK’s Future Status – a Norwegian EEA model, a Customs Union model like Turkey, or complete separation like Russia or Australia.
3. Trade agreements. Assuming there is no EEA model how and how long do the UK and EU spend negotiating a Free Trade Agreement? Does the UK have to apply to join the WTO as soon as Article 50 negotiations are finished? Can any WTO member veto UK membership? How is a EU-UK FTA agreement ratified? What happens to TTIP? Will UK mergers and state aid be exempt from EU oversight?
4. What will be the rights of the 3 million EU/EEA citizens now living and working without any visa or work permit requirements in the UK? What will be the residence, work, retirement, and travel rights of UK citizens within the EU? Will firms based in the UK have to take into consideration nationality of their executives and employees to obtain easy access to EU?
5. Any bank or firm in the UK has so called ‘passporting rights’ to do business anywhere else in the EU and vice versa. Will existing firms – UK based or foreign that trade out of the UK into the EU and vice-versa keeping those passporting right? Will the EU accept that approval given by regulatory authorities in the UK allows products and services to be sold anywhere in the EU? Will the issue of so-called social dumping become sensitive – textiles, metal and plastic goods, food products from countries which do not obey EU norms on state aid or social legislation that are re-exported from the UK?
6. What is the future of the US$120 trillion trade in Euros, Euro swaps/derivatives and clearing currently done very profitably in the City? Can the EU (ECB, Commission, national governents) insist that such Euro trades must take place under the legal supervision of an EU/EZ member state?
7. What now happens to enlargement? The UK has been the strongest support for Turkish accession to the EU and a keen supporter of an EU future for the Western Balkan states. The UK has been a counter to Greece, Spain, Slovakia Romania and Cyprus which no not recognise Kosovo. What happens to the difficulties Switzerland and Monaco have with the EU where London has been a friend in court to the Swiss and Monegasque?
8. Is there a future for TTIP with the liberal free trade friends of the United States – the Brits – out of the EU? The EU Single Market has been the world’s biggest vote of confidence in free trade ever seen. With the UK pulling out will se see the rise of protectionist national counter-measures to products, or services, or digi and fin-tech developments that different single issue pressure groups do not like.
9. Energy policy is one of the EU’s most difficult dossiers especially on state aids, the Energiewende of Mrs Merkel, the French commitment to nuclear power, Gazprom and Russian energy policy and the problems firms investing in energy in different EU member states face in terms of local pricing and handling the different pressures from local green and political lobbies.
10. UK utility and telecom companies expanded into the EU in the 1990s and especially into the new EU member states after 2004 and 2007. Those based in the UK will need advice and guidance on thinking in Brussels and EU capitals on the regulatory environment.
11. Reformatting the Common Agricultural and Fisheries Policy after Brexit will not be easy. British farmers are now calling for “food security” which en claire means barriers to food imports into the UK. Will UK animal rights and food safety lobbies seek to prevent foie gras and other imported food coming into UK on grounds currently not permitted under EU regulations.
There will be key elections to chose the next leaderships of France and Germany in 2017 and MacShane knows very well the leading politicians involved.
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