Thursday, 22 September 2016

City Leavers and Remainers must now unite to ensure the best Brexit deal for UK business

By Anthony Belchambers

There is no doubt that the referendum aroused strong feelings and caused division across the UK – and it continues to do so. However, the electorate has delivered a clear mandate to the UK government for the UK to leave the EU. For its part, the government has made it clear it intends to give effect to that mandate – that is the current position.

Of course, the prospect of future radical shifts in both EU and UK policy cannot be discounted. Nevertheless, it is critically important that both sides of the debate now work coherently and effectively together to secure the best negotiated outcome for UK plc.

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Press Release: New Joint Forum Unites Leave and Remain

The Financial Services Negotiation Forum (FSNForum) will formally launch on 19 October with a press briefing announcing its new Board and reporting on progress with various initiatives and the first meeting of its Honorary Advisory Council.  Bringing together former chief supporters from both the leave and remain sides of the referendum debate, the FSNForum will work independently and in partnership with others to produce neutral, evidence-based research on key issues relevant to the negotiations on the basis by which the UK will leave the EU.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Four Critical Questions

The Forum produces research papers specifically designed to ensure that our negotiators have the information necessary to maximise their effectiveness at the table.

In particular, all papers must address these critical questions:

  1. Who are the stakeholders and what are their interests?
  2. What is the value of this issue (economic, political and social) to each of the parties involved?
  3. What is our best alternative to a negotiated agreement (BATNA)?
  4. How we can improve our BATNA or mitigate the downside?

Answers to these questions are essential if we are to take an integrative approach to the negotiations, seeking to conclude the best outcome achievable for both sides.