It has been great for us at the Embassy to work with the Chamber this year and to see you growing all the time. I hear you just gained your 100th member! You have had some brilliant stand out moments with the Sports Meets Business Conference, rocking a Scottish theme in October, and the Investment Conference and Gala Dinner in London on 1 December. I wanted to give you a quick Brexit update, looking ahead to 2018. In short, agreement was reached at the December European Council, when all Heads of Government meet, on phase 1 Brexit issues. This includes guaranteeing the rights and status of UK nationals living in EU countries, like Slovenia, and of EU nationals in the UK.
So next year, discussion moves to the future. Trade is one of the key issues that will be discussed, along with other issues like security cooperation and education – all crucial for the close UK/EU partnership we want to build. The UK will be will be working for an ambitious UK/EU Free Trade Agreement to continue friction-less trade between us, and provide the right context for you all to continue building UK/Slovene business links. I will be in close touch with the Chamber to keep you all posted. In the meantime it is great to know that bilateral trade and investment continues to grow, and to see so many flourishing partnerships.
I am wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you at Chamber and Embassy events in 2018!