Joint Chamber Breakfast Discussion on Brexit

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 08:00 to 11:00

On 14 February, Joint Chamber Breakfast Discussion "Beyond Brexit: diplomacy, politics, business..." was held at Radisson Hotel Old Town Riga. The discussion was organised in cooperation with Irish Chamber of Commerce in Latvia and Latvian Investment and Development Agency. The panel discussion participants were Ambassador of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland H.E. Keith Shannon, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia H.E. Baiba Braže, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland H.E. Jim Hennessy and Member of European Parliament Mr Ivars Ījabs. The discussion was moderated by Mr Reinis Āzis, Head of Representation of Latvian Investment and Development Agency in London. 

The event kicked off by introductory remarks from all panel discussion participants followed by discussion on critical aspects such as citizens' rights both for Latvians in the UK and Brits in the EU as well as implications on Latvian businesses during and after the transition period. Both H.E. Keith Shannon and H.E. Baiba Braže confirmed that until the end of 2020 nothing will change in terms of trading with the UK and Latvia as well as living and working in the UK and Latvia. What changes are ahead of us in terms of trade and immigration rules after the 31 December 2020 will depend on the deal agreed between the UK and EU during the transition period.

The British Ambassador, H.E. Keith Shannon, confirmed that the UK aims to negotiate a future relationship with the EU which is based on friendly cooperation, centred on free trade, and based on shared history and values.

Irish Ambassador H.E. Jim Hennessy commented on possible future negotiation implications on Ireland while Ivars Ījabs commented on the current debate among the EU 27 as the future relationship and trade negotiations have already started in Brussels.

Even though there are still a lot of uncertainties regarding the future relationship between the UK and EU which will be negotiated during a transition period, during this event attendees had a possibility to hear current and future priorities from both sides as well as have an opportunity to ask searching questions related to this complicated matter. 

We would like to thank Radisson Hotel Old Town Riga for hosting the event.

Photos from the event are available here (Photo credits: Andrejs Djadiščevs)