Keynote Speaker: The Earl of Kinnoull, Member of the House of Lords’ European Union Select Committee
Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Venue: Cholmondeley Room and Terrace at the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0PW
Host Peer: The Earl of Kinnoull
Time: Reception: 7.30pm;
Dinner: 8.00pm till 10.30pm;
Chair: Mr George Fergusson, Former Governor of Bermuda (2012-2016) and Vice Chairman of The Bermuda Society.
Many of you will know Charles Kinnoull as Charles Dupplin – before he became the 16th Earl of Kinnoull in June 2013. Charles relocated to Bermuda for Hiscox in 2009 and took up the position of Chief Executive Officer for Hiscox Bermuda and became Company Secretary; he spent three-and-a-half years in Bermuda leading Hiscox Bermuda reinsurance operations and was a great supporter of the arts on the Island. As you will appreciate, Charles knows Bermuda extremely well and is in touch with Government – the content of his speech will cover “Bermuda and Brexit”.
The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is independent from, and complements the work of, the elected House of Commons. The Lords shares the task of making and shaping laws and checking and challenging the work of the government.
The Lords plays an important role in questioning the decisions and actions of the government through questions and debates.
The House of Lords’ select committees investigate public policy, proposed laws and government activity.
Travel can be an essential element of good investigative select committee work. Talking to people firsthand is an important way for Lords’ committees to hear a wide range of opinions and information.
As part of its work to scrutinise the EU laws and policies that affect the UK, the House’s EU committees have been set a specific task to represent the House as appropriate at inter-parliamentary conferences.
The European Union Select Committee is appointed each session with the following terms of reference:
1) To consider European Union documents deposited in the House by a Minister, and other matters relating to the European Union;
2) To assist the House in relation to the procedure for the submission of Reasoned Opinions under Article 5 of the Treaty on the European Union and the Protocol on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality;
3) To represent the House as appropriate in inter-parliamentary cooperation within the European Union.
Our keynote speaker, The Earl of Kinnoull – as a Member of the House of Lords’ European Union Select Committee:
• Attended a tripartite meeting in Brussels from 29-30Nov2016;
• Visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg from 17-19Jan2017;
• Visited Edinburgh to hear evidence for the inquiry on Brexit and devolution from 31Jan-02Feb2017;
• Visited Cardiff to hear evidence for the inquiry on Brexit and devolution on 07Feb2017.
Under Chatham House Rules, the assembled gathering was honoured and privileged to hear a fascinating keynote address delivered by our host peer, The Earl of Kinnoull – the speech covered a lot of terrain and gave the audience an enormous amount of food for thought together with an insight into his meetings with the European Union’s key players for Brexit. There was a Q & A session after the address.
It was a memorable and truly informative evening and very much enjoyed by all those in attendance.
On 29 March 2017, the UK formally notified the European Council its intention to leave the European Union. It is scheduled to depart at 11.00pm UK time on Friday, 29 March 2019.
Brexit negotiations officially started a year after the Referendum – on 19 June 2017 – the UK and EU negotiating teams meet face-to-face for one week each month with a few extra sessions ahead of EU summits. The UK and the EU have provisionally agreed on the three “divorce” issues of how much the UK owes the EU, what happens to the Northern Ireland border and what happens to UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. Talks will then move on to future relations – and a plan for a “transition” period to smooth the way to post-Brexit relations.
The Rt Hon David Davis MP was appointed as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on 13 July 2016.
The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department for Exiting the European Union – responsibilities include:
● Policy work to support the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union and to establish the future relationship between the EU and the UK
● Conducting the negotiations in support of the Prime Minister including supporting bilateral discussions on EU exit with other European countries
● Working closely with the UK’s devolved administrations, Parliament, and a wide range of other interested parties on the approach to negotiations
● Leading and co-ordinating cross-government work to seize the opportunities and ensure a smooth process of exit on the best possible terms
Since being elected in 1997, David has been the Member of Parliament for Haltemprice and Howden. Before then David was MP for the Boothferry constituency since 1987.
In the last Conservative government, David held the positions of Science Minister 1993-4 and then Foreign Office Minister 1994-97, where he was responsible for government negotiations on Europe, NATO enlargement, the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the updated Geneva Convention.
After the 1997 election, David was elected as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. From 2001-2002 David was Chairman of the Conservative Party and from 2002-2003 he was Shadow Secretary of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. David then served as Shadow Home Secretary from 2003 – 2008.
In 2010, David chaired The Future of Banking Commission which
investigated the causes of the banking crisis.
Source: UK Government – Department for Exiting the European Union
Background notes on the European Union’s four key players in the Brexit negotiations:
Born 9 December 1954 in Redange, Luxembourg
• President of the European Commission • 2014-present
• President of the Euro Group • 2004-2013
• Prime Minister of Luxembourg • 1995-2013
• Prime Minister, Minister of State, Minister for the Treasury • July 2009–2013
• Prime Minister, Minister of State and Minister for Finance • 1999–2009
• Prime Minister, Minister of State, Minister for Finance, Minister for Labour and Employment • 1995–1999
• Minister for Finance and Minister for Labour • 1994–1995
• Minister for Finance and Minister for Labour • 1989–1994
• Minister for Labour, Minister Delegate for the Budget • 1984–1989
• State Secretary for Labour and Social Security • 1982 – 1984
• Joined the CSV party • 1974
The President chairs the weekly Commission meetings and sets its policy agenda.
He represents the Commission in:
• European Council meetings
• G7 and G20 summits
• Bilateral summits with third countries
• Major debates in the European Parliament and the Council (with representatives of national governments).
In 2014, the European People’s Party (EPP) had Juncker as its lead candidate, or Spitzenkandidat, for the Presidency of the Commission in the 2014 elections. This marked the first time that the Spitzenkandidat process was employed. Juncker is the first President that prior to the election has campaigned as a candidate for the position, a process introduced with the Treaty of Lisbon. The EPP won 220 out of 751 seats in the Parliament. On 27 June 2014, the European Council officially nominated Juncker for the position, and on 15 July 2014, the European Parliament elected him with a majority of 422 votes from a total of 729 cast. He succeeded Jose Manuel Barroso as President on 1 November 2014. Juncker stated that his priorities would be the creation of a digital single market, the development of an EU Energy Union, the negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade Agreement, the continued reform of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union—with the social dimension in mind—and a “targeted fiscal capacity” for the Eurozone, as well as to negotiate a new deal with Britain. During his leadership, Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016.
Source: European Parliament
Born 9 January,1951 in La Tronche (Isère)
• Since 01 October 2016, Chief Negotiator – Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 TEU
• 2015-2016: Special advisor on European Defence and Security Policy to the President of the European Commission
• 2010-2014: European Commissioner and then Vice-President in charge of Internal Market and Services
• 2009-2010: Member of the European Parliament, President of the French delegation of the EPP
• 2007-2009: Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of France
• 2006-2007: Vice President of Mérieux Alliance, in charge of International Relations
• 2004-2005: Minister of Foreign Affairs of France
• 1999-2004: European Commissioner in charge of Regional Policy and the Reform of European Institutions
• 1997-1999: Senator of Savoie
• 1995-1997: Minister for European Affairs of France
• 1993-1995: Minister for Environment of France
• 1982-1999: President of the Regional Council of Savoie
• 1978-1995: Deputy of Savoie
• 1973-1999: Regional Councilor for Savoie (Bourg-Saint-Maurice District)
2015: President of the European People’s Party’s group on European defence and security matters.
2006-2015: Vice-President of the European People Party
Since 2006, Political Advisor of “les Républicains”
2006, Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission, José Manuel BARROSO. Presentation of a report “For A European Civil Protection Force: Europe Aid “
2005-2016: Member of the French “Conseil d’Etat”
Since 2003: Founding President of the club “New Republic”
1997-1999: President of the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
1987-1992: Co-president with Jean-Claude KILLY of the Organization Committee of the XVIth Olympic Games of Albertville and Savoie.
Source: European Parliament
Born 22 April 1957 in Gdańsk, Poland
Polish politician and historian who has been the President of the European Council since 2014. He served as 67th Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014 and was a co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) political party.
Tusk has been involved in Polish politics since the early 1990s, having founded several political parties and held elected office almost continuously since 1991. Tusk was one of the co-founders of the free-market-oriented Liberal Democratic Congress party. He entered the Sejm (lower chamber of Poland’s parliament) in 1991 but lost his seat in the 1993 election which went badly for the Congress. In 1994, the Congress merged with the Democratic Union to form the Freedom Union. In 1997, Tusk was elected to the Senate and became its deputy speaker. In 2001 he co-founded another centre-right party, Civic Platform (PO), and he was again elected to the Sejm, and became its deputy speaker. He was elected Prime Minister in 2007 and with his party’s victory in the 2011 Polish parliamentary election, he became the first Prime Minister to be re-elected since the fall of Communism in Poland.
In 2014, he became President of the European Council, and was re-elected to this position in 2017. He resigned as Polish Prime Minister to take the role, having been the longest-serving Prime Minister of the Third Polish Republic – he was Prime Minister of Poland for 7 years.
The President chairs European Council meetings and drives forward its work. He also ensures the external representation of the EU at his level on issues concerning its common foreign and security policy.
Source: European Parliament
Born 11 April,1953 in Dendermonde, Belgium
Belgian politician who served as prime minister of Belgium (1999–2008).
Verhofstadt received his law degree in 1975 and practiced law in Ghent, Belgium. At that time, he also became active in the Association of Liberal Flemish Students. In 1979 he was elected President of the Youth Section of the Flemish Liberal Party (PVV). In 1982, he was elected President of the PVV with 85 percent of the vote. At age 29, he became the youngest President of a political party in Belgian history.
From 1985 to 1988, he served as Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Budget in the coalition government of Christian Democrat Wilifried Marten. In 1991, Verhofstadt changed the name of the PVV to the Liberal and Democratic Flemish Party (VLD) in hopes of attracting more centrist voters. In 1997, he was re-elected as President of the VLD. In elections in 1999, the VLD defeated Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene’s centre-left coalition, and Verhofstadt became the first Liberal Prime Minister of Belgium in 61 years. Verhofstadt was re-elected in 2003.
He was unsuccessful in his attempt to replace Romano Prodi as President of the European Commission in 2004.
In elections in June 2007, Verhofstadt’s party was defeated by the Christian Democrats, led by Yves Leterme. For the next six months Verhofstadt served as Caretaker Prime Minister while Leterme tried unsuccessfully to form a governing coalition. In December, Belgium’s King Albert II asked Verhofstadt to form an interim government to restore political stability to the country. A new government under Leterme finally took power in March 2008.
In September 2016, the Conference of Presidents appointed Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE) as European Parliament point man for Brexit negotiations.
As counterpart of Michel Barnier, Guy Verhofstadt will keep the Conference of Presidents (comprising the European Parliament President and group leaders) fully informed of developments and will help prepare the European Parliament’s position in the negotiations, in close consultations with the Conference of Presidents.
Once article 50 of the EU Treaty has been triggered by the UK authorities and the European Council has adopted the negotiation guidelines, Guy Verhofstadt will also work closely with the Chair of the Constitutional Affairs Committee and other Committees wherever necessary to shape the European Parliament’s negotiating position.
Source: European Parliament
The Earl of Kinnoull
Member of the House of Lords’ European Union Select Committee
22 November 2017