The Brexit Agreement, One Month On, with David Henig and Pernille Rudlin
Thursday 4 February 2021
12.00 noon – 1.00pm (GMT)
9.00pm – 10.00pm (JST)
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As 1 January 2021 saw the end of the withdrawal transition period and the implementation of the post Brexit UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement that had been finalised only on Christmas Eve, Japan Society chairman Bill Emmott will be joined by David Henig, director of the UK Trade Policy Project, EPICE, and Pernille Rudlin, EMEA representative of Japan Intercultural Consulting, to review the first month under the new arrangements.
The UK-EU TCA took four years to agree, following the June 2016 referendum, but this 1,246 page document was settled only one week before it was due to come into force. Not surprisingly, businesses of all kinds have struggled to adjust to the new customs rules and paperwork, despite this being, for goods, a zero-tariff and zero-quota agreement. What lessons have we learned over the past month as businesses got to grips with the detail of the agreements? What has the immediate impact been and what are the key issues still to be resolved? And what is the TCA likely to mean for Japanese companies operating in and investing in the UK?
David Henig is one of the UK’s leading authorities on trade policy. He is Director of the UK Trade Policy Project at the think-tank European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and has written extensively on the trade implications of Brexit, but also looks more widely at global trade issues such as USA-China tensions, the future of the WTO, and EU trade agreements. David regularly discusses trade issues in the media, and advises global business on the implications. He previously worked for the UK Government on EU-US trade negotiations and China-US issues in particular, in business as a consultant, and graduated from Oxford University.
Pernille Rudlin is the Managing Director of Rudlin Consulting which provides research and consulting on Japanese companies in Europe, as well as EMEA representative of Japan Intercultural Consulting.
She spent nearly a decade at Mitsubishi Corporation working in their London operations and Tokyo headquarters in sales and marketing and corporate planning, and also had a stint in their International Human Resource Development Office. More recently she had a global senior role as Director of External Relations, International Business, at Fujitsu, the leading Japanese information and communication technology company and one of the biggest Japanese employers in the UK, focusing on ensuring the company’s corporate messages in Japan reach the world outside. Pernille is also a member of the Japan Society’s board.
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