British Irish Chamber of Commerce Digest 23/08/2017

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British Irish Chamber of Commerce Hosts Working Lunch with Secretary of State James Brokenshire

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire was in Dublin today (22 August) to meet Chambers of Commerce from across the island to discuss trade and address questions on last week’s Brexit position papers published by the UK Government.

At a working lunch organised by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and hosted by KPMG, Secretary of State Brokenshire set out the UK’s position heading into negotiations and reiterated his Government’s commitment to “frictionless trade on the island of Ireland”

Speaking at the event Director General of the British Irish Chamber, John McGrane said:

“The British Irish Chamber is delighted to be hosting Secretary of State Brokenshire in Dublin today. Given the number of political engagements the Secretary of State has to keep while in town, I think his availability to meet with business groups shows the importance of maintaining the vital trade network that exists on the island.

“The Chamber welcomed the publication of last week’s papers and especially the commitment shown by the UK Government to borderless trade on the island of Ireland and the continuation of the Common Travel Area. While we are happy to see suggestions put forward to maintain both of these, we are still cautious about the feasibility of these proposals and will continue to positively engage with Governments on both sides to ensure that a solution is found that works for all concerned.”

Shaun Murphy, Managing Partner of KPMG added; “ There is an urgent need to forge both practical and realistic solutions to address the Brexit issues of relevance to Ireland - North and South - and we welcome all efforts to resolve these matters in the interests of business across the island.”




UK Publishes further Brexit Position Papers
 
Last week the UK published the first of 12 planned position paper on Brexit due to be released over the coming weeks. The two papers published focused on the UK future customs relationship with the EU and the particularities of Ireland and the border question post-Brexit.
 
Today a further paper outling the UK's position on cross-border civil judicial cooperation in the future partnership was released.

Yesterday, Monday 21 August, two papers were released that addressed the UK’s negotiating approach to goods on the market and to confidentiality and access to official documents.
 
The papers are being released ahead of the third round of negotiations which are due to take place in the coming weeks.

Further papers are expected to be published this week.
 
To read the UK position paper 'Providing a cross-border civil judicial cooperation framework' please click here.

To read more on the UK paper on its future customs relationship with the EU, including the Chamber reaction to the proposals, please click here.
 
To read more on the UK paper on Northern Ireland, including the Chamber reaction to the proposals, please click here
 
To read more on the UK's proposals on goods on the market and access to official documents, please click here




Seasonal Charity Luncheon

We are delighted to announce that we are co-hosting a Seasonal Charity Luncheon on Thursday 16 November in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2, to help raise much needed funds for the RNLI and to support the tremendous selfless work that they do across the British and Irish isles.

A superb raffle will take place throughout the event with a variety of fantastic prizes on offer for the lucky winners!

Volunteers from the RNLI will share their insights and stories on the rescues they have made, the merciless weather conditions and unknown situations they are regularly faced with when answering a call for help, giving us a first-hand look and understanding into the work that they do.

None of this would be possible without the generous support and contribution by the four Chamber Members who have partnered to sponsor this event, LK Shields, Kennedy Wilson, Tilman Brewin Dolphin and Morgan McKinley.  Their overwhelming generosity has enabled this event to take place and we are honoured to be in a position to contribute to the well deserved RNLI, to give them the help and support they require to keep doing the remarkable and brave work that they do, day in, day out, all year round.  

To book your table contact Alison Cotter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Upcoming Chamber Committee Meetings

The newly formed Infrastructure Committee will hold its first meeting on Thursday 31 August 2017.

The Education Subgroup will hold a meeting on Friday 1 September 2017.

If you are a member of the Chamber and wish to be involved in any Chamber Committee, please contact our Head of Sectoral Policy Paul Lynam This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




A Post Brexit Vision to 2020 Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism

The British Irish Chamber of Commerce has just published its latest report 'A Post Brexit Vision to 2020 - Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism'.  This report follows on from the Culture, Arts, Sports and Tourism (CAST) event held in June which was kindly sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland.

To view the report click here.




The Higher Education and Research Committee – Seeking New Members

The Higher Education and Research Committee is seeking new members from the business sector to supplement its membership.
 
This Committee, Chaired by Daire Keogh of DCU, sets out to:

  • Be the go-to Committee on the potential impact of Brexit on the British, Irish and Northern Irish Higher Education and Research sectors.
  • Build on the recent statement on Brexit priorities by Government to define a clear national strategy for Ireland in EU Education and Research and UK-IRL Education and Research links.
  • Outline the implications of Brexit for cross-border and UK & Ireland research collaborations.
  • Develop a common approach to leverage the opportunities and challenges of Brexit to increase Government funding in Higher Education and Research.
  • Identify key areas where the UK and Irish Higher Education and Research sectors can collaborate for their mutual benefit.
  • Provide a common message on higher education funding and Innovation 2020 implementation.

As a Council member of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce you are entitled to a nominee on this Committee. If you are interested in nominating a colleague to this committee, please contact the Head of Sectoral Policy, Paul Lynam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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