William Bain

Europe & International Policy Advisor, British Retail Consortium

Formerly an academic, politician, and consultant, William provides insight on Brexit from more than 10 years as a lecturer in Public and EU Law, over 5 years at Westminster as MP for Glasgow North East, a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and a shadow Minister for Food and Farming, Transport, and Scotland during the 2010-15 Parliament, and advising companies on financial services and Brexit with Inline Policy before joining the BRC in June 2017. An Honours and Masters graduate in Law from the University of Strathclyde, he has written and spoken widely on European and UK politics and public policy.

Session Details

Retail UK: Preparing for Brexit in the Retail Sector

Astor Suite: 12.00pm - 12.30pm

How should small & medium-sized retailers start preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union? With myriad regulators affected and different laws in the devolved nations, there is much for retailers of all shapes and sizes to consider. 

William Bain from the British Retail Consortium aims to demystify some of the complexities of the European Union Withdrawal Bill (or the "Great Repeal Bill”) by highlighting key issues for retailers across the UK.

Benefits of attending this session:

  • Understand how the UK will cope with Brexit changes in customs, rules, tax and migration
  • Learn what the UK Government’s plans mean for consumers and businesses
  • Learn what the UK market will look like for retailers on leaving the EU

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