Former UK Foreign and Defence Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind used his platform at Worldwide ERC’s Talent Mobility in EMEA conference to offer his insights into today’s pressing political issues.
Brexit, migration, terrorism, and the rule of law – and their impact on business and mobility. Ruth Holmes was there to hear what Sir Malcolm had to say.
Opening his talk at Worldwide ERC’s Talent Mobility in EMEA conference, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, a former UK Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary, remarked on the mobility sector’s valuable work in the context of political and economic changes.
“Every age is an age of transition,” he noted, “but your industry, the conference you are having today, in a sense speaks for itself. Talent mobility has gone to such a level, it’s so much part of our world, that here you are, some 200 of you – HR people, service providers – a whole spectrum of professions and expertise there to deal with what is a global phenomenon about having the right talent in the right place at the right time.”
As Sir Malcolm shared with the audience his thoughts on “the extraordinary challenges that will have a relevance to your work and an immediate impact on your challenges over the years to come”, the question of the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) and its relationship with it was top of the agenda.
At the same time as the conference was taking place in London, UK Prime Minister David Cameron was in Brussels for talks with his European Union counterparts on the UK’s relationship with the EU. Two days later, Mr Cameron set the date for the UK referendum on EU membership, having achieved some of the concessions he believes will secure the UK’s sovereignty as part of the EU.