The Council has held a round-table conference ECFA headquarter on 3rd July 2016; in order to discuss “The Consequences of the British withdrawal from the EU on Egypt”, which ended with a number of recommendations.
The board chairman started off the round table with a speech that showed the result`s background of the referendum; on remaining Britain with the EU bloc or not; which took place in the UK on June 23rd 2016. Ambassador Raouf Saad referred that the concentration in what concerns the referendum`s results may end up by the withdrawal of Britain from the EU might be discussed from two sides which are the effect of this withdrawal on the EU generally on one side, and its effect on the bilateral relations between Egypt and Britain on the other side.
The MP Mrs. Anisa Hassouna pointed out that the time of this round table conference coincided with a meeting of the Egyptian Parliament to a number of ministers from the Egyptian Government; and the question addressed to them were as follows: Did the Egyptian government make up any expected scenarios regarding the Brexit?.
Ambassador Dr. Mahmoud Karem called for the importance of coming up with a group of recommendations that we can offer to the decision maker, pointing out to that the exit of Britain has some political, economical and social effects and consequences on many other fields, and that Egypt can hold an essential role in the migration issue with the concerned parties.
Ambassador Gamal Bayoumy ensured that Britain was hesitating about joining the EU since the emergence of the European market in 1967 especially because the British community, for reasons regarding Britain’s geography as a radical country, has the feelings of independence and arrogance. He also suggested preparing a bilateral mutual speech between the Egyptian Minister of Trade and his British counterpart about the continuation of using the same terms of the partnership agreement with the EU.