The importance of the EU to the financial services industry
Mark Boleat, Chairman of the City of London Policy and Resources Committee
The Prime Minister has announced plans for a referendum on UK membership of the EU to be held in 2017. Some commentators have offered the opinion that the UK economy, including the financial services sector, could prosper well outside to the EU. Mark Boleat, policy chairman at the City of London Corporation, will outline how London’s success as a global financial centre and the benefits it brings are fundamentally linked to our ability to access the Single European Market. He will further set out, from the City’s perspective, the areas where the UK could take a lead in reforming the Single Market for the benefit not just of London but of Europe as a whole.
About the Industry Forum
The Industry Forum promotes constructive dialogue between public policy makers, industry operating in the UK, and leading commentators. It has operated for nearly 20 years and has established good relations with the main political parties and the parliamentary select committees.
Focusing on current key issues, it provides opportunities for policy makers to explain policies and objectives face-to-face with businesses that can give practical and unfiltered feedback. The aim is that this process should lead to economic and social benefits by improving public policy related to business.
The core membership programme focuses on a range of key current or strategic issues and features some 20-plus meetings per year on topics chosen by members. Our events are informal and interactive, and adhere to the Chatham House rule. The majority are held in Central London sponsored and hosted by members. Attendance is by invitation-only to members and guests. Attendees are predominantly business professionals who bring their own current and practical views and information
The Industry Forum is set up as an independent not -for-profit company unaligned to any political party or interest. It is registered under the Companies Act and operating in accordance with the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.