How will Brexit impact local areas in the UK and EU?

6th December 2017

On 6th November 2017, the East of England European Partnership brought together politicians, universities, policy makers, business representatives and civil society from the UK and other EU countries to discuss the impact of Brexit on local communities – and to identify regional priorities as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

Meeting at Europe House in London, an audience of around seventy participants from the UK and beyond heard a keynote address from Anne-Laure Marteau – President of the Europe and International Committee of the Region of Normandy, France – in which she extended an invitation to build together a new relationship of co-operation between French and British regions.

Two lively panel sessions drew out the key issues for the region’s priorities. Firstly, an expert panel composed of representatives from academia, local government and local enterprise partnerships discussed skills and the labour market; the impact on the devolution of powers to regions and cities; and the implications for research and innovation and for regional development funding. This was followed by a panel of politicians from the UK, France and Sweden, who debated the potential impact of Brexit on local areas and communities, and on regional cooperation between UK and European partners.

A full report on the conference is available on the East of England European Partnership at http://www.east-of-england.eu/news/brexit-conference-report-published/

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