The topic of what, if any, State aid regime the UK will have after Brexit has come into sharp focus. The EU is demanding, as part of the “level playing field commitments” it wants as part of any trade deal with the UK, that the UK remain bound by State aid rules. But the Prime Minister has just rejected any such commitment by the UK, and the Conservative Party said during the general election campaign that the UK should have its own anti-subsidy regime modelled on WTO rules. Meanwhile, the Government has accepted, in the new Northern ireland Protocol, that the UK will remain bound by EU State aid rules, including enforcement by the Commission, Court of Justice and UK courts, to the extent that any UK measure affects goods trade between Northern Ireland and the EU.
To discuss these issues, we have, together with the UK Trade Forum and Shearman & Sterling (who have generously provided the venue, arrangements and drinks aftgerwards), put together a panel of experts from both the UK and the EU on State aid, WTO rules, and Brexit generally to offer a variety of perspectives on the issue. As for all UKSALA events, there is no charge. The panel includes:
- Kelyn Bacon QC, Brick Court Chambers
- Lorand Bartels (Trinity Hall, Cambridge and Senior Counsel, Linklaters)
- Victoria Hewson, Institute of Economic Affairs
- George Peretz QC, Monckton Chambers
- Dr Ulrich Soltész (Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Brussels)
- James Webber (Partner, Shearman & Sterling, London)
The event takes place on 4 March from 6pm at the Ned (near Bank station). There is a link to the booking page here. We look forward to seeing you!