As European Commissioner for External Relations between 1999 and 2004, Chris Patten – aka The Lord Patten of Barnes – has extensive knowledge of the European Union and he shared his insight at a conference on 21 September looking at the impact of Brexit.
The ‘Investing in Ireland’ conference held in London was organised by Ireland's William Fry, the corporate law firm, commercial law firm and tax advice specialist. Conference delegates were told a survey had found that 75% of UK companies questioned were thinking of using Ireland as a post-Brexit gateway to Europe.
Patten, who was made a life peer in 2005, has also held several other top-tier posts throughout his career. Currently the chancellor of Oxford University, he was the Chairman of the BBC Trust between 2011 and 2014, the Chancellor of Newcastle University for 10 years until 2009, chaired the Patten Commission looking at policing in Northern Ireland for a year, was the final Governor of Hong Kong between 1992 and 1997, and was the Chairman of the Conservative Party between 1990 and 1992.
Lord Patten also held various other posts under the Prime Ministers John Major – he is thought to have orchestrated the surprise Conservative victory in the 1992 election – and Margaret Thatcher. The MP for Bath from 1979 until 1992, Patten was a Tory from his early years – he worked for the Conservative Party from 1966 – until 2011, when he became a cross-bencher. He is also the author of such best-selling books as ‘East and West’, ‘What Next? Surviving the Twenty-first Century’ and ‘Not Quite the Diplomat’.
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