ABPI Sees Brexit as One Game of Two Halves

May 18, 2017

On March 29, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, providing formal notice to the European Union of the UK's intention to leave the EU. In this exclusive Global Forum podcast, Dr. Virginia Acha, Executive Director for Research, Medical and Innovation, for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, discusses the opportunities and challenges as well as the public health, operational and other aspects of what is now known as “Brexit.” “This is going to be a game in two halves. The next two years is about understanding the withdrawal agreement, how we intend to leave the European Union, and then, specifically following from that, an idea of what our new relationship will be,” she explains. “Where does the UK fit within the wider scheme of things? Up until now, the definition of the UK has been its contribution as part of the European Union – a much bigger market, a much bigger patient population, a much bigger research region. Now, as it sets out on its own, it’s incumbent on the UK to set out its stall of what it wants to be as a life sciences country in the world.” Learn more about Brexit and other global regulatory challenges through the Regulatory Track at our DIA 2017 Global Annual Meeting.

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