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To Brexit or not to Brexit, that’s the question



NBCC members show great interest in "Brexit"-debates

On 10 and 12 February 2016, the NBCC organised two debates on the issue of "Brexit", now even more prominently in the news with the Referendum date (23 June 2016) announced.

The first of the two debates was held in the Residence of the Netherlands Ambassador in London and the second at the magnificent Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands.

As the Chairman of the NBCC, Anton Valk, pointed out, the aim of these events was to look at the facts around a possible “Brexit”, not the emotions. Speakers of the events, held under Chatham House rule, included Hans de Boer (VNO-NCW), Dutch author and journalist Joris Luyendijk, Charles Grant (Centre for European Reform), Laura Sandys (European Movement UK), Carlijn Prins and Jan Lambregts (Rabobank) and Bill Robinson (KPMG). The panel and floor discussions after their presentations led by moderator Victor Broers triggered a lively debate on the implications of a possible Brexit.

During his presentation, Joris Luyendijk, see picture above, was of the impression that “A Brexit would be rather refreshing actually” as “the British are continuously blackmailing Europe”. He said “The Brits are asking us to make concessions for not shooting themselves in the foot. This is ridiculous.” He challenged the audience to “Call their bluff”.


Laura Sandys of the European Movement UK, see picture on the right, on the other hand, stated clearly during her presentation that if the UK would vote to leave the EU, it would mean the process of unwinding one of the greatest expressions of international cooperation in history.


Please click here for an impression of these events, which were sponsored by Rabobank and Udink Lawyers.

The NBCC 2016 EU programme will continue on May 5th in London and on May 11th in The Hague on the “Internal market for services”. The next seminar on the topic of the competitiveness of the EU will take place on June 16th in The Hague, and on June 21st in London. In September the EU programme will finish with a great seminar in both cities on “Sustainability”. More information on the seminars of the EU programme can be found on our website.

I look forward welcoming you at the Services Seminar in May!

Best regards,

Lyne Biewinga

Director Premier Membership

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