The UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement removed tariffs on trade in UK-EU goods, but there have still been significant changes in how that trade operates.

Short-term disruption and more long-term changes have caused significant issues for some businesses. Much of the most high-profile disruption has concerned food and drink, but other sectors have also been affected.

Join us for a discussion of these issues with our expert panel:

Liam Smyth, Director, Trade Facilitation, British Chambers of Commerce

Liam Smyth is Director of Trade Facilitation at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). He is responsible for the regulation and implementation of Rules of Origin and trade documentation services throughput the British Chamber Network. He engages with government on trade policy, represents the BCC on a number of working groups, contributes to consultations and sits on the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) Technical Committee on Origin.

James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink

James Withers has been CEO at Scotland Food & Drink since 2011. Scotland Food & Drink was established to grow the value and reputation of the nation’s food and drink industry. It is a uniquely collaborative model, bringing the industry, government and its agencies together, to develop and drive forward the sector in Scotland and give it a competitive edge. James also sits on the Scottish Government Board of Trade and is a Director of the Scottish Tourism Alliance.


Christine O'Neill KC

Chair & Partner

Liam Smyth

Director, Trade Facilitation, British Chambers of Commerce

James Withers

Chief Executive, Scotland Food & Drink