Brexit High Level Group submits report to Prime Minister
On 30 January 2017, the Brexit High Level Group submitted its report to Prime Minister Charles Michel, Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters and State Secretary Piter De Crem.
The Prime Minister congratulated the Group on its high-quality analysis, which will enable the relevant stakeholders to objectively assess Brexit's economic impact on Belgium.
Charles Michel once again called for a "Brexit that is smart and fair". In the Prime Minister's view, five items are particularly important.
Firstly, the document will help Belgium prepare for Brexit. As in many domains, it is critically important to prepare very carefully for the change. The more Belgium is prepared, the better it can adapt to this unprecedented situation.
Secondly, we must remain clear-headed. Europe comprises multiple countries with differing interests that must be reconciled. Accordingly, Belgium must be aware of its own interests in order to work in the right direction, while at the same time taking those around it into account.
The Prime Minister also emphasised the importance of a successful transition. While it might be time-consuming, it deserves the full attention and energy of the various stakeholders concerned. Consequently, a strategy must be developed together with the governments of Belgium's Regions and Communities. The Prime Minister will give a regular Brexit progress report to the governments of Belgium's Regions and Communities. This will be regularly included on the agenda of meetings of the Consultation Committees.
As Prime Minister Charles Michel reiterated, we must not underestimate the opportunities Brexit can mean for Belgium. This scientific, rational report will enable readers to better understand these opportunities. Indeed, this is one of the reasons why the High-Level Group will not stop its assessment at this stage in the process. It will take action regularly and extend its assessment via more specific questions in the weeks ahead.