Brexit: Denmark to give its perspective  

The uncertain UK General Election result has left many European allies asking what kind of Brexit the UK will seek, and whether it is in a position to open negotiations. A conference in Copenhagen this Tuesday morning will discuss the Danish perspective with speakers including Denmark’s Finance Minister, a former Prime Minister and Secretary General of […]

The uncertain UK General Election result has left many European allies asking what kind of Brexit the UK will seek, and whether it is in a position to open negotiations. A conference in Copenhagen this Tuesday morning will discuss the Danish perspective with speakers including Denmark’s Finance Minister, a former Prime Minister and Secretary General of NATO, business representatives, and the Secretary General of the Council of the European Union who is advising Donald Tusk on the Brexit negotiations.

The web streamed conference is co-organised by Altinget, a leading news website, and Rasmussen Global, the consultancy founded by former Danish Prime Minister and NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 

It will be opened by Mr Rasmussen, with speeches by Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen, and EU Council Secretary General Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen. It will hear the arguments from businesses and business organisations exposed to Brexit, and Peter Hummelgaard Thomsen, MP, EU spokesperson for Denmark’s Social Democratic Party.

The conference will then hear the British perspective from Britain’s current Ambassador to Denmark, Dominic Schroeder, and Rasmussen Global Senior Adviser Sir Nigel Sheinwald, former British Ambassador to the EU and Washington, will address the global implications of Brexit.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:

“Scandinavian countries have a great deal to lose from a messy divorce with the UK. We must speak up for our interests, and for a future relationship that keeps our markets as open as possible.

“Businesses and governments alike are still grappling with the uncertainty and complexity of these negotiations. We regret the UK’s decision to leave, but we must not seek to punish Britain. We should find the best partnership possible.

“This event will set out what Denmark wants from these talks, and give Danish industry some clarity about the direction the future relationship could take.”

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, former British Ambassador to the EU and Rasmussen Global Senior Adviser, added:

“Businesses in Britain and Europe must make their voices heard on Brexit – in favour of a negotiated departure, not a car crash; and for an economically and politically close future relationship. Whatever feelings we have about Brexit, businesses need clear judgment and the best available information on which to base their future strategies.”

Birger Riis-Jørgensen, former Danish State Secretary for foreign trade and Danish Ambassador to the UK and Senior Adviser at Rasmussen Global, concluded:

“Sufficient progress on the divorce issues will hopefully be made soon so that negotiations can focus on the future relationship. We must forge a trade relationship that creates minimal disruption and maximum opportunities for Danish exporters.”

The conference starts at 09.00 CEST (08.00 BST) Tuesday 13th June and will be in English. The speeches of Mr Rasmussen, Mr Jensen, Mr Tranholm-Mikkelsen and Ambassador Schroeder will be streamed on Altinget’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Altingetdk/

A full speakers schedule can be found by clicking on the link.

 

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