BREXIT conference

Crunch time for Northern Ireland

Wednesday 18th April 2018 • Titanic Belfast

As we start 2018, the Brexit negotiation process enters a critical and final phase. Northern Ireland and the Irish border are now central to the final negotiation. The Irish border issue is to be settled before the European Council meeting on 21–22 March 2018.

agendaNi is putting together a high-profile event that will look at the out workings of the deal on the Irish border and on the practical implications for Northern Ireland. The first session of the conference will look at the bigger strategic issues facing all sectors of the Northern Ireland economy. Confirmed speakers to date include a senior representative from the Department for the Economy, Janan Ganesh, Financial Times Commentator, Billy Melo Araujo, former WTO lawyer and Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy, IoD London.

In addition to looking at the issues of trade and the Irish border there will be a number of sectoral speakers that will look at the detailed impact of Brexit on key sectors in the Northern Ireland economy, including Richard Murphy, Pinsent Masons on energy and Declan Billington, Thompsons on agri-food.

Just some of the very many issues which have been raised include:

  • Outlook for cross-border trade post Brexit;
  • What will happen to companies in the pharma, aerospace and manufacturing sectors?
  • What will Brexit mean for inward investment, a key pillar of economic strategy?
  • What will be the impact on the voluntary and community sector?
  • How will supply chains be impacted by any new arrangements?
  • Impact on other sectors: health care, transport and third level education.
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Speakers confirmed so far include...

Declan Billington

Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association

David Carson


Janan Ganesh

Financial Times

Donna Hemphill

Senior Manager, Global Trade Advisor

Richard Murphy

Pinsent Masons

David Phinnemore

Professor of European Politics
Queen’s University Belfast

Allie Renison

Head of Europe & Trade Policy
Institute of Directors, London

Mark Sterritt

Brexit Manager

Federico Lupo-Pasini

Queen’s University Belfast

Donna Hemphill

Senior Manager, Global Trade Advisor