“Clean Brexit: Why leaving the EU still makes sense.” 

Held on Monday, October 23, 12.30-2.15pm


  • Liam Halligan (Telegraph)

  • Gerard Lyons



As the EU negotiations drag on, as unreconstructed Remainers (the FT, the Evening Standard etc) gird their loins for battles to come, and as even a few hitherto enthusiastic Brexiteers start to have second thoughts, it is good to see that there are still a few serious economists prepared to argue that the prospect of those sunlit uplands is worth the short-term pain that Messrs Barnier, Juncker and Verhofstadt seem determined to inflict on us.

Two such are Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons, whose recent book, Clean Brexit (published by Biteback Publications), is “unashamedly optimistic” – not least about the prospects for the City as a new global financial centre. It is (in my opinion) also realistic in that it eschews weasel terms like ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ Brexit, and gets to the nub of what we can actually achieve – and what the City, in particular, can get out of a ‘clean’ exit.

I am sure you know both of the authors:

  • Liam is a columnist for the Telegraph, editor-at-large for Business New Europe, and strategist for New Sparta Holdings. He is a former economics correspondent for Channel 4 News and political correspondent for the FT. He was educated at Warwick and St. Antony’s, Oxford, from which he has an MPhil. Hedging his bets, he has both UK and Irish passports.
  • Gerard is the chief economic strategist at Netwealth Investments, a board member of the Bank of China (UK) and an adviser to Parker Fitzgerald. He was chief economic adviser to BoJo when he was Mayor of London, and prior to that spent 25 years in senior roles at Chase, SBC, DKB and Standard Chartered. He has a PhD from London University.

There will be copies of the book available to buy – and I am sure the authors will stick around to sign them. More important, however, are the arguments they advance – which are more and more relevant with every passing week.

Whether or not you agree with Liam and Gerard, this is clearly the biggest issue facing the City today.  If you, or a colleague, would like to come along (to listen or to share your own thoughts, but no heckling please), let us know by emailing alex@csfi.org or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual, wine and sandwiches will be provided.

Many thanks.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton