EU Brexit negotiator to speak at WTM London

The European Parliament’s chief negotiator of Britain’s exit from the European Union, Guy Verhofstadt, is the keynote speaker at the exclusive WTM Leaders’ Lunch.

The WTM Leaders’ Lunch is an invitation-only networking event with 200 heads of commercial travel organisations.

The Belgian MEP was Prime Minister of Belgium from 1999 until 2008, and is now leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European Parliament.

He is charged with leading the European MEPs’ negotiating team, and any deal on the UK’s relationship with the rest of the EU after leaving, which will have to be ratified by the European Parliament.

Verhofstadt is among the top brass in Europe dealing with the negotiations, alongside Donald Tusk, European Council president; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission; and Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Commission.

He supports greater integration within the EU, with a single currency, treasury and economic policy.

Simon Press, WTM London Senior Director, said: “The UK’s exit from the EU is considered by many to be our generation’s greatest challenge, and it will bring huge changes to the travel trade. Many in our industry are deeply concerned about freedom of movement for travellers and workers – so to hear directly from the European Parliament’s negotiator is an exceptional opportunity.

“Our Leaders’ Lunches have a reputation for bringing top speakers to the captains of the travel industry and Guy is first-rate.

“He is a fantastic speaker and will offer inspiration and practical advice to our senior travel industry audience at a crucial time in the UK’s, Europe’s – and indeed the world’s – history.”

• The WTM Leaders’ Lunch is an invitation-only event, from 11:00-13:30 on November 6, Platinum Suite 3 & 4.