Wednesday 5 April 2017 12.30pm for 1.00pm
55 Baker Street
London W1U 7EU
Free – booking essential
(priority for members)
Following the result of the EU referendum in June 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May has committed to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon by the 31 March 2017 and formally begin negotiations on the UK’s exit from the European Union.
As part of our commitment to presenting a diversity of approaches on this subject, The Japan Society has invited Dr Gerard Lyons, co-founder of ‘Economists for Brexit’, to present his view on the economic implications, and potential benefits, of leaving the EU.
Last November Dr Lyons visited Japan, and participated in a symposium hosted by the Japan Forum on International Relations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While there he also presented to Japanese policy makers about the UK and Brexit. In the 1990′s he earned a reputation for accurately analysing the Japanese economy and wrote a regularly column in the Nikkei Weekly. In this talk Dr Lyons will also give his perspective on UK-Japan relations and on the Japanese economy, as well as outlining why Brexit is in the best interests of the UK.
We are very grateful to BDO LLP, one of our corporate supporters, for kindly hosting this event.
Dr Gerard Lyons is one of the UK’s leading economists and is an expert on the global economy, financial markets and monetary policy, with an excellent forecasting record. He has testified to the US Senate Banking and Foreign Affairs Committees and to Committees in both Houses of the UK Parliament, spoken at the EU-China Summit in Beijing, and on the globalised televised BBC Debate from Davos.
He is a Board Member of Bank of China (UK), Chief Economic Strategist and shareholder at Netwealth Investments, advisor to financial consultants Parker Fitzgerald and Chief Economic Advisor to think tank Policy Exchange. He is on advisory boards at: Warwick Business School; the Grantham Institute on Environmental Change at the London School of Economics and Imperial College; and the Official Monetary Financial Institutions Forum, and is advising on a project at the Centre for Social Justice addressing low UK productivity and its wider economic and social impact. He is Vice Chairman of the 48 Group, Committee Member of the Hong Kong Association and he co-founded Economists for Brexit.
From January 2013 to May 2016 he was in a non-political role of Chief Economic Advisor to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. Previously he spent 27 years in senior roles in The City at Chase Manhattan, Swiss Bank Corporation, DKB International and Standard Chartered Bank. He has been ranked top global forecaster (out of 350) and the month before the financial crisis was one of only two UK economists predicting a deep imminent recession. He is a public speaker and author.
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