BHA: Hospitality must have 'seat at the table' for post-Brexit negotiations

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BHA: Hospitality must have 'seat at the table' for post-Brexit negotiations

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The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has said it will use its Summit on Monday (27 June) to create a plan to secure the industry’s future following the Brexit vote.

Leaders from across the sector will gather in London for this year’s event, which will focus on the need for businesses to work together in a changing world.

It will be the Government’s first platform to discuss the impact of the vote on the hospitality industry, with Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and former Conservative Party leader William Hague both set to address the conference.

Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the BHA said: “The EU referendum question represented a profound moment for the future of our industry. Hospitality and tourism benefits from a flourishing economy and any level of uncertainty will have an impact.

“On 27 June…we will be framing a plan to ensure that we have a seat at the table on all negotiations including taxation, immigration and regulation.

“As we go through this process, the BHA will call upon every politician in this country to do all they can to guard the strong reputation that our industry has built representing a hospitable and welcoming country all around the world.

"Our industry is one of the key drivers of exports, prosperity and the fourth largest employer supporting 4.5m jobs.”

The hospitality industry has had a largely uncertain reaction to the referndum result.​ 

While some experts have raised fears that the eating out sector could face a stalling of growth, others believe the sector is well placed to remain 'robust' throughout a period of economic uncertainty.

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