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Welcome to BAB's Policy Update for February 2020
February saw some exciting events, meetings and announcements for our teams in London and New York, including the first meeting of our expanded Policy Steering Committee, a meeting with a Congressional Trade Counsel Delegation, and an exclusive roundtable discussion in Washington on the future of transatlantic labour mobility in partnership with BABA Washington which fed into our latest White Paper. More info below.

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BAB Launches Latest White Paper - Open for Business; Open for People!?
A Way Forward for UK-US Labour Mobility

Shortly after the UK Government released its priorities for negotiations with the United States (including brief references to strengthening transatlantic business mobility), BAB published its latest white paper laying out recommendations from the transatlantic business community on the future of transatlantic labour mobility.

Against a backdrop of domestic debates on immigration, this paper sets out a vision for the UK-US governments to use the current political momentum to improve labour mobility between their two countries.

Read the publication online here.
BAB London Holds Business Briefing - Politics and the Economy in 2020: A Transatlantic Outlook in a Time of Constant Change
3 February 2020

On 3 February, BAB London held a business briefing looking at the upcoming developments in the transatlantic relationship. Kindly hosted by Aberdeen Standard Investments , the event brought together a fantastic panel of experts on the issues including:

  • Hadas Gold, CNN Reporter (moderator)
  • Sir Christopher Meyer, ormer British Ambassador to the United States, and International Advisory Board member of BAB
  • Stephanie Kelly, Senior Political Economist, Aberdeen Standard Investments Research Institute
  • Ambassador Lewis Lukens, Former Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d'Affaires, US Embassy London
  • James McCann, Senior Global Economist, Aberdeen Standard Investments
BAB London Holds First 2020 Meeting of Expanded Policy Steering Committee
19 February 2020

February saw BAB London bring together the newly-expanded Policy Steering Committee for its first meeting in 2020.

T he BAB Policy Steering Committee is a cross-industry group of members which oversees and supports BAB's policy and advocacy activities.

In light of the growing role that BAB plays as a reference point for UK and US governments on transatlantic policy issues, and in order to ensure that BAB represents a business community that is strong, informed, engaged, and can speak with one voice, BAB has expanded the Policy Steering Committee to reinforce its role both within the BAB organisational structure and within the broader BAB community. This meeting was kindly hosted by Hogan Lovells.
BAB London Holds Exclusive Roundtable with KPMG and Eurasia Group
26 February 2020

BAB London was delighted to hold an exclusive roundtable in partnership with KPMG and Eurasia Group , with a focus on the Geopolitical Outlook and its impact on transatlantic business.
BAB London Welcomes Senator Ron Johnson to the UK
17 February 2020

BAB London was delighted to welcome Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin to our office in February in his capacity as Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Europe.

The Senator, who also visited the Munich Security Conference, met with a cross-section of BAB’s policy members and briefed them on the Senate’s position on a UK-US Trade Agreement and heard from BAB members on the priorities they have for the UK-US Trade Agreement negotiation. 
BAB London Holds Breakfast Roundtable with Congressional Trade Counsel Delegation
18 February 2020

BAB welcomed a bipartisan delegation of trade counsels and advisors from the US Congress for a breakfast discussion on the positions within Congress on a UK-US Trade Agreement, where progress can be made and the impact of US-EU tariffs.

The delegation were visiting the UK as part of a British Embassy-organised trip to examine US-EU tariffs and to engage with stakeholders on the mood amongst transatlantic business on a UK-US Trade Agreement. This event was kindly hosted by Grant Thornton UK.
BAB New York Holds Policy Roundtable on the Future of UK-US Labour Mobility - in Partnership with BABA Washington
6 February 2020

On 6 February, BAB, in Proud Partnership with the British-American Business Association in Washington , held a policy roundtable discussion at the offices of S&P Global on the future of UK-US Labour Mobility.

The discussion brought together representatives from BAB's transatlantic membership and network, and fed directly into the recommendations presented in BAB's latest whitepaper on transatlantic labour mobility which you can read here.
BAB Director of Policy & Trade, Emanuel Adam, Joins Brexit Webinar
20 February 2020

BAB Director of Policy & Trade, Emanuel Adam joined colleagues from the US Embassy London and UK Department for International Trade for a Brexit webinar, with over 100 SMEs joining the webinar to hear how they can successfully navigate any changes in the UK-EU trading relationship at the end of the transition. 
BAB London Welcomes Oakland University Honors Students
26 February 2020

As part of BAB's Youth Leaders engagement programme, BAB London was delighted to host Honors Students from Oakland University in February to discuss what's next for the EU and the UK after Brexit & how to navigate a tumultuous political environment, and how young people can be involved in shaping the future of the transatlantic relationship.
BAB Statement on the Meeting of US-UK Trade Officials
27 February 2020

BAB published a statement welcoming the meeting between Liz Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade, and Robert Lighthizer and reiterated the importance of  making use of the current window of opportunity to advance trade discussions

Read the statement in full here .

BAB Statement on Heathrow Airport Expansion Ruling
27 February 2020

BAB released a statement following the news that  the UK Court of Appeals has ruled against the runway expansion at Heathrow Airport.

BAB CEO Duncan Edwards said: "Despite Heathrow Airport’s plans to build a third runway being set back today, we will continue to engage with the transatlantic business community and with governments on both sides of the Atlantic to increase infrastructure capacity and modernise infrastructure where needed, in an environmentally sustainable way."

Read the statement in full here .

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