The British Chamber of Commerce sunk its teeth into the meatiest topic of last year at their first event of 2018 around the next stages of Brexit.
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In her keynote speech, Luxembourg MEP Viviane Reding said she did not want to be giving this speech, nor did participants want to hear it, but Brexit was now regrettably unavoidable.
EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens abroad should not, she said, be left to suffer as a result of what she called the worst possible decision taken by Britain to leave the EU.
On how the relationship between the EU and UK will continue post-Brexit, Reding speculated that the Norway model would not be appropriate because of financial constraints.
Turkey and Ukraine, both in the customs union, would also not be an ideal fit. She did, however, allude to the possibility of creating an association agreement, as a sort of custom-made solution for the UK.
Reding was not, however, bitter, describing divorce as a better alternative to an unhappy marriage. The lunch, which was hosted at La Table du Belvedere, on 26 January, was later interrupted by a fire alarm, prompting an evacuation of the building.