Brexit, the Promise of Anglo-American Free Trade, and the British Election

Event Europe
Event Europe

April 19, 2017 Brexit, the Promise of Anglo-American Free Trade, and the British Election

This Brexit process will offer the U.K. the opportunity to forge new trade relationships with nations around the world, including, importantly, the United States.

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
20002

Featured Speakers

Shanker Singham

Singham is one of the world’s leading trade and competition lawyers. Formerly the head of market access at Squire Sanders, Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities project at Babson Global, and currently CEO of Competere, he is the Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at The Legatum Institute, an international think tank based in London. Singham is both a U.K. and U.S. citizen, a cleared advisor to the United States government on trade issues, and a Non-Government Adviser to the International Competition Network. He has also been a senior trade and economics adviser to a number of political candidates including Democratic Governors Lawton Chiles and Buddy McKay of Florida as well as Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

Description

On March 29, 2017, the United Kingdom formally triggered a two-year period of negotiations to exit the European Union.  This Brexit process will offer the U.K. the opportunity to forge new trade relationships with nations around the world, including, importantly, the United States.  Both the Conservative government of Theresa May and the Trump Administration have welcomed the prospect of a U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Area.  But what might an agreement creating such a free trade area address, and what are its opportunities and pitfalls? 

Please join us as Shanker Singham of London’s Legatum Institute, a senior advisor to the U.K. government on Brexit, speaks on his new report on these issues.  His report explores the opportunities for, and challenges facing, the negotiation of a U.S.-U.K. free trade area, and offers policy options for a trade agreement that will increase competition, open markets, and fuel growth in both nations, and thereby put Britain and the United States at the head of a movement for free trade that works for everyone.

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