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Policy Event

Navigating Brexit – Future Options for UK-EU Labour Mobility

02 May 2017
Institute of Directors, London

Following the successful launch of our 5-part event series on “Navigating Brexit” last month, the IoD is delighted to announce the second instalment which will focus on the future of labour mobility between the UK and the EU.

Bringing together policy experts, leading politicians, former EU officials and business immigration lawyers to analyse the options available for the UK Government and the EU going forward, weighing up the likelihood and consequences of different scenarios for businesses on both sides of the Channel.

Confirmed speakers include: former Work and Pensions Secretary, Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP; Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Kings College London, formerly Chief Economist at the Department for Work and Pensions and Cabinet Office; Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Deputy CEO & Director of Strategy at the Royal Academy of Engineering; Julia Onslow-Cole, Partner, Global Head of Immigration at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The 2 hour seminar will focus on the following areas:

  • How a deal on labour mobility could be included in or alongside a free trade agreement between the UK and EU:
  • Whether the UK Government should prioritise a reciprocal preferential agreement or aim to introduce a scheme for EU nationals unilaterally – or should hiring EU workers be put on the exact same work permit scheme as non-EU nationals
  • What capacity the Home Office and UK Border Agency have for introducing any such scheme and what help businesses may need in adjusting to it
  • What role a skills threshold should play (if any) under any new migration scheme
  • Examining the role of labour mobility and migration in trade policy
  • What steps businesses should be taking now to prepare for the end of free movement between the UK and EU

This event follows the IoD's recently published report, authored by Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the IoD. Please register early to ensure your attendance.

Read our Navigating Brexit report here

Key details

Date & time: 02 May 2017 08:30 - 11:00
Location: Institute of Directors, London
CPD Hours:

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Event manager:
Mrs Sophie Breeden
Contact phone:
0207 451 3289




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  • Institute of Directors
  • 116 Pall Mall
  • London
  • SW1Y 5ED

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