Free trade for financial services? 

Held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018


  • Kay Swinburne MEP



With all the hoo-hah over Brexit, it is sometimes hard to appreciate that we still have senior members of the European Parliament who are continuing to do battle on behalf of the UK – and on behalf of UK financial services. And, unlike our representatives in Westminster, they are not up half the night arguing the finer points of the EU Withdrawal Bill – or trying to block it. Instead, they are actually having to deal with the practicalities of legislation that is already on the books, or that will make it on to the books before we sever our ties with the European Project.

One of the most senior of our representatives in the EP is Kay Swinburne, who has been a member of ECON since 2009 and a vice-chair since March 2017. She is also the ECR’s spokesperson on economic and monetary affairs and is a leading defender of UK interests in Banking Union, CMU, MiFID – und so weiter. She is also a genuinely good egg, who understands the problems facing the City as a result both of Brexit and of the tsunami of legislation that is being pushed through ahead of Britain’s departure. 

It is always good to get Kay’s view of the Brussels weather, and I am delighted that she has agreed to come and talk about how the European nomenclatura views the City, how London can do more to help itself, and what options are really open. Her pre-political background was in the City, (with Deutsche Bank), and her understanding of the issues is awesome. She is well worth a detour.

If you (or a colleague) would like to join us for what I am sure will be a lively and informative discussion, please let us know ASAP by emailing or by calling the Centre on 0207 621 1056. As usual there will be wine and sandwiches to take away the pain.

Many thanks,
Andrew Hilton