Jaguar Land Rover
Confederation of British Industry
Bank of England
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
"Barnier said very clearly without the backstop there is no agreement. And my understanding is that all of the member states support this. They have supported it for more than 2 years. We must not kid ourselves that we can fudge this Irish backstop issue." bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod…
"It matters to communities across Ireland, it's hugely important to the Irish economy and especially the Northern Irish economy, and it's the main thing that's stopping us from getting a ttransition deal."
"It is not yet in agreed legal language although we have committed ourselves very clearly to maintaining full alignment with the customs union and the single market for Northern Ireland if we cannot find a deal."
"Europe is more than cheap air fares, the Single Market or Customs Union. [...] It is an idea, a set of values we share with fellow human beings: that we must always come together to work – and play, and hope – rather than live in suspicion and hate." @eddieizzard
I would have preferred to have more time for everyone - but with almost 300 delegates, 160 abstracts submitted, and all the smaller and larger details that required our attention there would probably never have been sufficient time!
I enjoyed it immensely to be part of this adventure but I can't thank the people on the ground enough – the scientific committee, our plenary speakers, the session chairs, and the oral and poster judges who all played a pivotal role in running the show.