One year to go: the UK view on progress towards Brexit

April 18, 2018 08:00 - 09:30


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As the UK prepares to leave the EU in one year - on 29 March 2019 - we are pleased to have the chance to host a round-table with the UK's Director for International Agreements and Trade at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Rhys Bowen

Rhys is responsible for the UK’s work on transitioning international agreements through Brexit, including continuity during the implementation period. He is key for the UK's future trade relationship with Japan.

On the morning of April 18, he will provide us with details on progress in the negotiations between the UK and the EU, and hear directly from British businesses their views on the future UK-EU and UK-Japan economic relationships. He will take these insights back to London to feed into ongoing thinking around the UK’s Brexit policy.

We are guaranteed some useful insights into Brexit developments to date, and what we can expect over the next 12 months.

What is the purpose of RB's visit to Japan?
Rhys is visiting to continue the UK’s strong engagement with Japan on Brexit developments, ongoing since the EU referendum, and in particular to provide information and hear Japanese views on the implementation period and future economic relationship following the successful outcomes from the March European Council.

Are there key industries / companies RB would like to engage with?
He will want to engage with a wide range of businesses and sectors, given the breadth of the UK-Japan trade and investment relationship. 

What other meetings is RB having in Japan?
He is meeting with MoFA, METI, MoF and Cabinet Office, as well as with the Bank of Japan. He will join HM Ambassador for a speech to Keidanren, doing a closed press roundtable, and a dinner with trade associations.


About Rhys Bowen
Rhys was appointed Director for International Agreements and Trade at the Department for Exiting the European Union in November 2017. He joined the civil service in 2002 and undertook analytical roles in the Ministry of Defence and Home Office before joining HM Treasury in 2007. At HM Treasury, Rhys worked on international economic policy during the financial crisis and the UK’s 2009 G20 Presidency. Following roles in public spending control and financial services policy, and a secondment to the Cabinet Office, Rhys returned to international economic policy to lead the Treasury’s EU Economics and Policy team, and latterly its Trade Policy team.

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