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Brexit Report from First EACTP Networking event

The first EATP networking event took place on 29th June in London, hosted by Squire Patton Boggs.  Wolfgang Maschek from their Belgium office, set the scene.  He then joined the panel of Jens Rinze, a colleague from Germany, Jukka-Pekka Joensuu (EACTP President, Finland), Lukas Fecker (TMA Europe President, Switzerland) and Ian Gray (EACTP Board Member, UK). 
Wolfgang outlined the background, noting the half-truths and uncertainty leading up to the Referendum and that this was as nothing compared to the uncertainty today as a result of the Leave vote.  These are unchartered waters not only for the UK, but for the other 27 member states. Despite the slim 52% to 48% majority, all political parties have said they will abide by the result, even though two thirds of MPs were in favour of Remain and the Referendum is not legally binding.  Indeed, although at 72% the turnout was the highest since 1992, this still only meant that 37% of eligible voters voted Leave. Moreover, the Referendum is still subject to the sovereignty of Parliament and Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty requires an Act of Parliament. Read more...

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