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What Next? Cambridgeshire Stakeholders set Blueprint for EU Negotiations

08 July 2016

Over 70 influential individuals met at the Cambridge Union Society this morning, to discuss the results of the EU Referendum and the potential financial and socioeconomic effects for the Cambridgeshire area.

Hosted by Baron Lansley CBE, Cambridge Development Forum and originator of ‘The Cambridge Declaration’ in collaboration with Cambridge Ahead, the meeting aimed to gather the views of influential stakeholders within Cambridgeshire’s business and academic circles, and identify the best to possible outcome for the Brexit process. Two key documents were discussed, which will be presented as a blueprint for how Cambridge expects the next Government to approach its negotiations for leaving the EU:

  • To frame a ‘Cambridge Declaration’ of positive commitment to our continuing values and objectives, not least to all those from around the world who live and work here; and re-stating our determination to take forward Cambridge’s plans for development and devolution; and
  • To bring together proposals for a ‘Cambridge Mandate’, setting out with maximum clarity what Cambridge’s unique economy, including research, science and innovative enterprises, needs to have delivered through the UK-EU Article 50 agreement and the Treaty establishing the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Stace’s James Darbyshire, Cost Management Partner and head of our Cambridge Office, and Malcolm Howting, Project Management Partner, attended the event. Other guests included: Iain Martin (Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University), Heidi Allen MP (South Cambs), Daniel Zeichner MP (Cambridge), Lucy Frazer MP (South East Cambs), Vicky Ford (MEP East of England), and Lewis Herbert (Leader, Cambridge City Council). For a full list of attendees, please see Cambridge Aheads website.

Click here to watch footage and interviews from the event.

“The Cambridge area is vital to the UK economy. We want to do all we can to protect and promote Cambridge’s prospects in the current ‘Brexit’ negotiations”.