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Club Level Highlight

Brexit: Forging the New U.K. – U.S. Relationship – Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

The United Kingdom (U.K.) left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. Under the U.K.- EU withdrawal agreement, a transition period will end on 31 December 2020 (unless it is extended). During the transition period the U.K. will continue to participate in the single market and customs union and will otherwise be treated as if it were still an EU member state. For its part, the United States (U.S.) has shown strong interest in strengthening ties with the U.K on trade and a host of related regulatory and national security issues, many of which have strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.  As a result, a possible U.S.-U.K. trade agreement is likely to be a priority for the U.S. regardless of the outcome of the upcoming November 2020 presidential election.
For the U.K. Government, the end of the transition period is politically symbolic, and it has been reluctant to extend it. Although the negotiations between the EU and U.K. are continuing remotely, the coronavirus pandemic has significantly increased uncertainties. The economic impact of the shutdown of the U.K. economy in order to fight the coronavirus could be substantial and could potentially change the U.K. Government’s stated position and political calculations going forward. If the deadline were not extended and the U.K. were to reach the end of the transition period with no trade deal, the relationship would revert to World Trade Organisation rules. U.K. businesses would then be required to deal with the double shock of the coronavirus shutdown, as well as a complete overhaul to the terms in which they operate.  The EU is facing challenges as well, since fighting the coronavirus pandemic is testing its resources and the cohesion between Member States.

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Member Feature – I-SITE

BABCPHL Corporate Member company I-SITE is owned and managed by expat Brit, Ian Cross, BABCPHL’s Marketing & Communications Chairman. Housed in an old toy factory in Old City Philadelphia, the I-SITE team specializes in creating innovative websites and web applications for industry leaders and civic-minded organizations looking to build and serve their customer base and communities. The team has deep experience developing responsive websites and applications on open source Content Management Systems that include Drupal and WordPress, and integrating data from online databases such as Salesforce. Their approach is strategic, thorough and collaborative with an eye to long term benefits for clients that include Times Square Alliance, Brandywine Realty Trust and William Penn Foundation. I-SITE has voluntarily dedicated nearly three decades to advising the BABCPHL in all of our creative endeavors. We are truly grateful to Ian and his team for ensuring BABCPHL’s Marketing & Communications strike the right cord and enable us to effectively reach our desired audience. Thank you I-SITE for your dedication to the BABCPHL, and for your innovative ideas.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government