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Parliamentary Snapshot 2016: Brexit Panel Event

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To coincide with the launch of our latest Parliamentary Snapshot, we will host a panel event on the potential impact of Brexit on entrepreneurs. This will be an opportunity to hear from experts and find out more about the potential impacts on your business.

The Parliamentary Snapshot is an annual survey of entrepreneurs. It uncovers the views of MPs on policies impacting entrepreneurs, providing useful insights on the opinions and working knowledge of the House of Commons. It is sponsored by Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB).


Jacob Rees-Mogg was elected as the Member of Parliament for North East Somerset in May 2010, with a majority of 4,914 and was re-elected in May 2015 with an increased majority of 12,749. Being elected fulfilled his ambition to represent the Somerset parliamentary seat in which his family has lived for generations.

Within Parliament, Jacob sits on the Treasury Select Committee which examines the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, HM Revenue & Customs, and associated public bodies, including the Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority. Between 2010 and 2015 Jacob sat on the Procedure committee which considers the practice and procedure of the House in the conduct of business and the European Scrutiny Committee which assesses the legal and political importance of each EU document, deciding which is debated within the House.

After Eton Jacob read History at Trinity College Oxford, before moving into finance being based in Hong Kong and later moving back to London. He now runs his own company, Somerset Capital Management, which specialises in investment management for pension funds and charitable organisations.

Raoul Ruparel is Co-Director at Open Europe. He is also a contributing author for Forbes, where he write on EU issues; the Eurozone crisis; central banking and macroeconomics. 

Over the past years Raoul has been at the forefront of analysing crucial issues around Europe. He has led Open Europe’s research into the Eurozone crisis, helping to advise governments and corporations on how to deal with the crisis as well as the potential institutional and regulatory response. Raoul has been heavily involved in the economic and financial analysis of the evolving crisis in Ukraine, and the ensuing sanctions placed on Russia. He has also worked extensively on issues relating to EU trade and economic prosperity, as well as the economic impacts of hot political topics such as migration.

On top of his regular articles for Forbes, Raoul is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media including, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC and Sky as well as the FT, WSJ and the Times. Raoul holds two masters degrees in economics and public policy from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics and politics from the University of Manchester. Prior to joining OE, Raoul gained work experience at financial firm Habibbank AG Zurich.

Allie Renison leads on trade and EU policy at the Institute of Directors. She devises recommendations and represents the voice of members on EU reform matters, helping to provide the link between business and Government on increasing international trade. She also routinely provides advocacy for the IoD on a range of regulatory issues in Brussels.

She was previously Research Director at Business for Britain, the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK’s relationship with the EU. Prior to that, she advised a number of parliamentarians in both Houses on EU legislative issues, with a particular focus on trade and employment policy areas.

Roland Smith is Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute. He brings an approach to Brexit that is internationalist and rooted in the classical liberal tradition. He has tracked the European Union and its inter-relationship with the United Kingdom since Margaret Thatcher’s last year in Downing Street and has an array of connections across the British Brexit movement.

He blogs on the subject and has been prolific on Twitter since 2009. He tweets as @whitewednesday, named after 16th September 1992 when sterling was ejected from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. His first article for the Adam Smith Institute, ‘The Liberal Case for Leave’ generated great interest across the British political spectrum. He has also written for Civitas, Conservatives for Liberty, and the European Foundation.

Outside UK and European politics, when not digging on an archaeological site, Roland is a Senior Programme Manager in the Technology Sector, specialising in internet infrastructure and business/technology change projects.