Leavers and Remainers across politics and business unite to launch new Brexit forum

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The group will produce research on the hot topics surrounding the UK's departure from the EU (Source: Getty)

A new Brexit group which brings together Remainers and Leavers from the worlds of business and politics is set to formally launch on 19 October.

The Financial Services Negotiation Forum, or FSNForum for short, will aim to produce "neutral, evidence-based research" on the key issues surrounding the impending Brexit negotiations.

FSNForum's honorary advisory council will be chaired by Anthony Belchambers, chairman of the Industry Advisory Group of the All Party Parliamentary Group on wholesale financial markets and services, chairman of Saxo Capital Markets and a non-executive director with NASDAQ NLX.

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Council members include Conservative MP for Wimbledon Stephen Hammond, Liberal Democrat peer and former chair of the EU Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee Baroness Sharon Bowles, honorary president and former chairman of insurer Hiscox Robert Hiscox and Better Capital founder Jon Moulton.

"Recognising that Brexit impacts every individual and business based in the UK, the FSNForum will actively seek input from a broad cross-section of firms, particularly those companies, markets and other service providers that are, at present, under-represented," Belchambers wrote in today's City A.M. "At a time of continuing post-referendum disruption and confusion, there is a clear need for a consensus-building forum, and for evidence-based research."

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Meanwhile, Bowles said: "It is not surprising that the referendum result continues to be controversial. I am delighted to support this forum and the opportunity for Leavers and Remainers to work together to achieve an outcome which is in the best interest of the whole of the UK."