The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCCTC) wishes to congratulate Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his historic win yesterday. It is the largest Conservative victory since the days of Margaret Thatcher. Clearly the British people have spoken. Whether they were pro-Brexit or remainers, what is clear is that the populace wants to move on. The paralysis of Parliament, over the last three years, has weighed heavily on the populace. As the Prime Minister stated “Let's get it done”.
No doubt the U.K. will now leave the European Union as of January 31, 2020, as promised by the Prime Minister. A whole new world will start to emerge from 1 February as the U.K. and E.U. enter into the transition period and negotiate their future relationship. This is due to end by 31 December 2020, according to the Prime Minister, though this would be the fastest timeline for any trade agreements put in place by the E.U. For the interim, the U.K. and the E.U. will continue to trade under current terms. We wish them all the best as they begin, what may be, a Herculean task. No doubt, the British people are up for the challenge.
From our perspective, one the most critical developments, will be the swift negotiation of a Canada-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement. Canada and the U.K. have always had a strong and close relationship, politically and commercially. We see that relationship deepening even more.
In that regard, the BCCTC remains committed to assisting and promoting cross-Atlantic trade between Canada and the U.K.
What the UK election results mean for Brexit's future
Join our panel of experts, with our partners Gowling WLG, as they analyze the results of this election and preview the year ahead, it will certainly be a lively and interactive discussion.
When: Monday December 16, 2019; from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Where: Gowling WLG, 100 King St W #1600, Toronto, ON M5X 1G5
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Opening remarks: Thomas J. Timmins, Gowling WLG
Martin Buckle, The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce
9:10 a.m. Panel discussion:
Kevin McGurgan OBE, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
John Allen, Global Public Affairs
Mark Ledwell, Gowling WLG
10:00 a.m. Q&A ~ 10:30 a.m. Close.