On Thursday, 12 November 2020, the ILF hosted the 7th Brexit Lecture in partnership with Deloitte Legal, this time illuminating the situation from a post-Brexit perspective. As in our previous Brexit Lectures, we looked at Brexit issues from different angles: Political, Economic, Legal, and Regulatory Policy.
The evening began with welcoming remarks by Dr. Rolf Friedewald, Managing Director of the ILF and Dr. Mathias Hanten, Partner of Deloitte Legal and member of the ILF Donors' Committee.
The first speaker of the evening was Prof. Dr. Alexander Thiele of University of Göttingen who not only gave an chronological overview of the Brexit process and the current status of but also an outlook of what a post-Brexit Europe might look like taking into account the possible influence the outcome of the recent presidential election in the United States of America might have on the ongoing negotiations in his speech "Brexit: Where we stand and what migh come".
The next speaker Dr. Jasmin Kölbl-Vogt, Member of the Executive Board, Head of Legal Germany, Austria and Division Counsel Nordic, Citigroup Global Markets Europe AG, shared her views on Brexit in her speech "Brexit related topics from a Bank’s perspective".
Subsequently, "European Industrial Strategy post Brexit – How to compete in global trade" was delivered by Mr. Paul Maeser, Head of BDI Task Force "Brexit"', BDI - Federation of German Industries, who spoke about the post Brexit strategies of the European industry to remain globally competitive.
The final talk "News from Brussels: Current status of negtiations and EU strategy" by Mr. Mark Weinmeister State Secretary for European Affairs, State Chancellery Hessen, gave an insight into the topic and the ongoing negotiations from the political perspective.
The final segment of the evening was a panel consisting of all moderators and speakers discussing the various topics. During the webcast, participants were able to interact with speakers and moderators by raising questions through chat or oral participation.