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Frictionless trade with the UK: Future or Fantasy?

27 Nov 2017

With growing concern over the progress of the Brexit negotiations, AmCham EU’s November plenary meeting focused on future trade relations with the UK.

In her keynote address, Anneleen Van Bossuyt MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, stressed that it is in the best interest of the EU and the UK to strive for a good deal, given their history of economic interdependence. She voiced concern that without agreements to overcome the challenges of mutual recognition and standardisation, consumers on both sides of the Channel will pay the price.

During the panel discussion on the future of UK-EU customs and trade relations, participants debated the impact of a Brexit with ‘no deal’. Businesses would benefit greatly from increased transparency on the timeframe of a transition period and have called on the UK government and EU representatives to allow greater engagement from industry in the process. 

Panel speakers included:

  • Isolde Murphy, First Secretary, Customs, Excise & Energy Taxation UK Representation to the EU
  • Mark Watts, Coordinator, UK Transport in Europe (UKTiE)
  • Bart De Rybel, Director Trade Compliance and Customs, Johnson & Johnson
  • Lars Brückner, Director of the NEC Europe EU Public Affairs Office and Vice Chairman of Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE)
  • Moderator: Walter Van der Meiren, Chair of AmCham EU Customs & Trade Facilitation Committee, and Brokerage Division Manager, UPS


November Customs & Trade Plenary