Tower Hamlets Brexit Commission launched as expert panel announced

A commission tasked with examining the likely impact of Brexit on Tower Hamlets was officially launched on Thursday.

Mayor John Biggs first announced plans for a Tower Hamlets Brexit Commission at a meeting of his cabinet in August. It follows on from the detailed work that the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been undertaking since last year to prepare for Brexit.

This morning he unveiled the line-up of commissioners and issued the first call for evidence to inform the commission’s work.

The panel that will work together in the coming months includes Professor Tony Travers of LSE, Howard Dawber – Managing Director for strategy at Canary Wharf Group, Ivana Bartoletti of the Fabian Women’s Network and others.

They will examine evidence and question witnesses before producing a report setting out recommendations to best prepare the borough for the UK’s departure from the European Union.

To see the full lineup of commissioners, please visit our dedicated meet the commissioners web page.

The commission, which will be led by Cllr Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts, and Brexit, will divide its work into three key areas – the economy, public services and civil society.

The first evidence session will look at public services and will take place on October 3. It will see expert witnesses called to present their thoughts and analysis on Brexit and its potential impact in their respective fields.

Ahead of the in-person session, there will be an opportunity for the public and relevant organisations to contribute their own evidence in writing or by visiting the dedicated commission webpage.

John Biggs, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:"I am delighted to announce our panel of commissioners who will bring a breadth of experience to our work preparing for Brexit.

"The East End is used to adapting when faced with challenges and while the detail of the final Brexit deal is still unclear, as a council we are planning for both the risks and opportunities it will bring.

"We want to hear from residents, businesses and civil society to help shape the commission’s report which will provide key recommendations on how we prepare Tower Hamlets for Brexit."

Cllr Amina Ali, Chair of the Tower Hamlets Brexit Commission and Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit, said:"Tower Hamlets has spent the last year preparing for Brexit; this commission is the next step in this process.

"We want to hear from our businesses and residents so that we can understand their concerns and seek to support them where we can.

"With commissioners representing a cross section of society and input from residents, our work will ensure that whatever type of Brexit we end up with, as a borough we are prepared to succeed."

For more information about the work of the commission, to have your say, or to read more about the commissioners, please visit

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