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UK Trade Forum launch conference

Borderlex is partnering with the UK Trade Forum, an online forum for evidence based debate on trade in Great Britain. Join us at our launch event on 30 November at King’s College! Attendance is free!


The UK Trade Forum is a new initiative by a group of experts on trade policy hailing from a variety of backgrounds – law, economics, journalism, civil society, government and business. We aim to promote evidence-based policy and engage a wider audience of people interested in the future of UK trade as it leaves the European Union.


For our launch conference we will discuss the following issues:

  • What are and should be the priorities for the UK’s trade strategy post Brexit?
  • Are government institutions ready for changes ahead?
  • Future trade deals: what can the UK government achieve, when and under what conditions?




The evening will be moderated by Guy de Jonquières, Senior Fellow at the European Centre for International Political Economy and former World Trade Editor of the Financial Times.


Our panellists are:


Martin Wolf CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, Honorary Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and one of the Anglosphere’s most esteemed financial journalists

David Unterhalter SC, a trade barrister at Monckton Chambers and former WTO Appellate Body member

Jill Rutter, Programme Director at the Institute for Government, commentator on Brexit and former senior civil servant

Philippe Legrain, Senior visiting fellow at LSE’s European Institute, founder of OPEN think-tank, former senior adviser to WTO director-general and European Commission president

Anastassia Beliakova, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers, representing Chamber businesses on trade and Brexit.


Agenda for the evening


18:15-18:20 Opening address from Holger Hestermeyer, the Shell Reader in International Dispute Resolution at King’s College London and a founding member of the UK Trade Forum

18:20-18:35 Martin Wolf on the UK’s future trade strategy: what are the options, what should be prioritised, and what work still needs to be done

18:35-19:15 Responses from the panel

19:15-19:45 Audience Q&A

19:45 onwards Drinks Reception



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