Brexit: The Impact on this Side of the Pond

The Conference Board of Canada, March 27, 2019
Recorded Webinar
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Brexit has become, as the English say, a damp squib -- there’s really no other way to describe it. When, how -- or if – the United Kingdom leaves the European Union remains soaked in uncertainty. At stake are potential impacts on Trans-Atlantic relations, international trade ties, and additional turbulence for the global economy. Trans-Atlantic relations, international trade ties, and implications for the global economy are among the forces that Brexit could unleash. Join us for this special recorded webinar, in which Dr. Laurie Buonanno, Professor of Political Science at SUNY Buffalo State, and Pedro Antunes, Chief Economist of The Conference Board of Canada, discuss both the potential political and economic effects of Brexit.

Webinar Highlights

In this 60-minute recorded webinar, Laurie and Pedro discuss:

  • The many sides of the EU – the differences among the concepts of free trade agreements customs union, the common market, economic union, economic federalism and political union will be outlined.
  • The economic outlook—Canada-UK-EU trade trends and potential impact on Canadian economic growth.
  • The economic impact of Brexit and increased global – The most substantial impact could be the risk of supply chains ruptures between the UK and Germany brought on by a no-deal Brexit or even an agreement that doesn’t maintain frictionless movement of goods.
  • Economic opportunities – Canadian and US agricultural products could be in line for greater market potential in the UK once it is outside the customs union.
  • Political implications for the TransAtlantic relationship – With the UK outside the meeting rooms in Brussels, Canada and the United States could find themselves with even less of a voice in EU decision-making.

About Laurie

Photo of Laurie BuonannoLaurie Buonanno is a professor in the Department of Political Science at SUNY Buffalo State where she teaches graduate courses in immigration policy, research methods, and comparative public policy in the department’s MPA program.

She has co-authored and edited three books about the EU and EU-US relations, co-authors the annual SUNY Guide to the Model European Union - Institute for European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS), and has published several journal articles and book chapters on a variety of EU topics, including European identity, the European migration crisis, European food safety policy, and transatlantic relations. She holds a PhD in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

About Pedro

Photo of Pedro AntunesAs the Conference Board’s Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis and Chief Economist, Pedro Antunes is responsible for managing a team of economists in producing the Conference Board's medium and long-term economic forecasts along with other economic indicators and reports.

Pedro joined the Conference Board as an economist in 1991 after working with the Canadian Forecasting Group at the Bank of Canada. He has moved progressively into more senior positions since joining the Board. Prior to his current role, he was Director of the Conference Board's National and Provincial forecast team; and was responsible for custom research work and economic analysis.

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