BABC In The News | San Francisco Business Times - BABC Northern California Chairman, Colin Brown

Brexit shocks Bay Area British business community Colin Brown, the chairman of the British-American Business Council of Northern California, was parked on his couch with his wife Thursday evening watching the results of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum roll in over the airwaves.“It was a slightly surreal experience,” Brown said. “No one thought it would be this close.” As time went on, he started to realize that the pre-election polls would be proved wrong and that the country would choose to leave the European Union. His phone started buzzing non-stop with Skype and text messages from across the Atlantic. Read more here: Read more

Statement by the President on the UK Referendum

The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision. The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy. So too is our relationship with the European Union, which has done so much to promote stability, stimulate economic growth, and foster the spread of democratic values and ideals across the continent and beyond Read more


LONDON, 24 JUNE 2016 The British people have spoken. The vote for Britain to leave the European Union opens a new phase of uncertainty with new complexities and unknowns. Many businesses will now be concerned as to how the vote will impact their activities and ambitions in the UK, particularly in regards to access to the Single Market and Freedom of Movement. But the world as we know it has not ended, contracts will continue to be performed and the rule of law applies, allowing the vast majority of business operations to continue as planned. Read more

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Ball - Held Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Over 260 guests gathered at The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday the 11th June 2016. It was a fabulous evening of incredible food, wine and dancing to The Sun Kings, a Beatles revival band. The evening’s formal proceedings began with a march in by the Stewart Pipe Band. HM Consul General Priya Guha gave the loyal toast to HM Queen Elizabeth before emcee Stuart Bagshaw welcomed all present and introduced members of the SF Consular Corps present (Australia, Norway, Singapore, Ukraine, Romania and Latvia), Mark Chandler from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, and representatives from the Invictus Games Foundation Rose Hall, Operations Director, and British Veterans Nathan Cumberland and Louisa Walker, and Mark Chandler from SF Mayor’s Office. The invocation was given by Malcolm Manson. Read more

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