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Ben Cromer - In Memoriam

Dear Members and Colleagues:
 
I am very sad to report that Ben Cromer, a past Director of BABA and a key contributor to the Association for over 20 years, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away on October 18, 2019.  
 
As well as serving on the Board, Ben was Communications Chair and Publications Editor, creating the design and layout for our very good quarterly BABA newsletter for so many years now. In addition, he was responsible for the production of our extensive Annual Membership Directory & Resource Guide, published from 1995 to 2016.
 
Ben’s work was also very evident at the Gala Christmas Luncheons where his sponsor table signs were displayed and his eight page luncheon Program was distributed. 
 
He worked tirelessly on all his BABA projects often working late hours after his “day job” and on weekends, never missing a deadline.
 
Ben really loved BABA and was an Anglophile, taking his last trip to the UK in late September. 
 
He made a major contribution to BABA for almost a quarter of a century and his loss will be felt immensely. 
 
For those wishing to remember Ben, the family has created a fundraising page in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network here. By making a donation in honor of Ben, you are helping to advance research, support patients, and create hope for those fighting pancreatic cancer.
 
Eamonn Cooney
President
British-American Business Association 

Government Expands Use of ePassport Gates at UK Airports

As of May 20, 2019, millions more people will be able to use ePassport gates as they arrive in the UK, the Chancellor confirmed in the Spring Statement. Eligible passengers from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States are now able to use the ePassport gates at UK airports. The Chancellor also announced that, to coincide with the ePassport gates expansion, the government will begin to abolish landing cards for non-EEA travellers.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said: “The expanded access to ePassport gates and the withdrawal of landing cards is part of our work to transform the UK’s border, providing a quicker, seamless experience for passengers that is built around digital systems.”

These changes will deliver an improved arrival experience and is further encouragement for people who boost our economy through tourism and business to travel to the UK. The government’s ambition is to go further and more details will be provided in due course.

All passengers arriving at UK ports and airports will continue to be subject to full identity and security checks. For more information click here.

Progress on the UK’s exit from, and future relationship with, the European Union

Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union; Joint Statement and outline of the Political Declaration on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, as agreed at negotiators' level.

November 14, 2018 Draft Agreement

November 14, 2018 Outline Policical Declaration of the Future Relationship

November 14, 2018 Joint Statement

Details

The draft Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s smooth and orderly exit from the European Union, including a Protocol on Northern Ireland. It reflects agreement in principle between the UK and EU negotiating teams on the full legal text.

Ahead of signature, this draft will be subject to a further review by UK and EU lawyers to ensure consistency as it is translated into all EU Member State languages. This may mean that legal terminology and article numbers will change. The Government intends to lay a final version of the agreement before Parliament once it is finalised.

The outline of the Political Declaration on the future relationship sets out progress on the scope of the framework for the future relationship. Negotiations are ongoing to finalise the Political Declaration.

 

BABA's Former Chairman, Barry Eccleston Awarded OBE

We are delighted to let you know that our good colleague and past BABA Chairman, Barry Eccleston was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the 2019 New Years Honour list, for his 'services to the United Kingdom aerospace and aviation industry'.

As so many know Barry was BABA's Chairman for three years from 2015 to 2018. At the same time he was Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Americas, a role he held for 13 years, as part of an exceptional career of nearly 50 years in the aviation and aerospace sectors.

As Chairman of BABA he gave willingly and tirelessly of his time and was an excellent and exemplary Chairman, as well as the strongest champion of UK-US relations.

We thoroughly and warmly congratulate Barry on this well deserved honor!

Eamonn Cooney                                                            Mark Herlac
President                                                                       Chairman
British-American Business Association                         British-American Business Association

Dentons' US Policy Scan 2017

The Dentons' US Policy Scan 2017 provides their annual analysis of the legislative and political landscape under a new Congress and, this year, a new Presidential Administration. In addition to taking a close look at the issues, questions and conflicts that will dominate the dialogue within and between the new White House and Capitol Hill, they also offer a review of legislative and policy developments in the statehouses across the US. To download click here.