Peter Mandelson on Brexit and Japan

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Wednesday 8 June 2016, Furniture Maker’s Hall

For their third joint lunch of 2016, the Japan Society and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK welcomed Lord Mandelson, former European Union Trade Commissioner and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and founder of strategic advisory firm, Global Counsel.

Lord Mandelson spoke about the forthcoming EU referendum as a board member of the official Remain campaign, as well as about trade policy, economic integration and free trade agreements between independent markets. He considered these issues from the perspective of Japanese companies looking out to Europe from London, and touched upon EU-Japan and UK-Japan trade relations, drawing on his experience at the heart of the European Commission, when he was part of the 2008 EU-Japan Summit.

Lord Mandelson has spoken extensively about the potential trade implications of Brexit. A transcript of a speech given to the EEF Manufacturers’ Association in November 2015 is available here, and a recent article for the Guardian is available here.

Lord Mandelson is Chairman of Global Counsel. He is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round. Prior to this, he was Minister without Portfolio, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the British government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown between 1997 and 2010. He was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990. He became President of the Great Britain China Centre in 2015. This non-departmental public body encourages dialogue and collaboration between Britain and China. He is also President of the Policy Network think tank and Chairman of Lazard International.

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