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MPs join the Meetings Industry Association’s EU debate

The Meetings Industry Association (mia) has announced MPs James Heappey and Chris Heaton-Harris, who are both part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Events Industry, will be joining its high-profile EU debate.

Chaired by Conference News editor Paul Colston, the debate on Monday (23 May) at The Honorable Artillery Company, London, will also feature City Pubs and Britain Stronger in Europe campaigner Clive Watson, Vote Leave’s Luke Springthorpe, Redcomb Pubs’ David Franks as well as conference and event presenter Jeremy Jacobs and industry trainer and consultant Richard John.

As the industry employs high numbers of European staff on its payroll, the debate is likely to discuss the impact on employment, recruitment and contracts should the UK opt for the exit vote in the referendum. Will it lead to a particular ‘severe skills shortage’ in the sector as some are predicting?

Similarly, the impact on international supplier contracts will be examined as the UK would be operating under different principles of EU contract law. Will Britain need to put different trading agreements in place with every country it imports/exports goods from?

Other hot topics likely to be looked at include the potential impact on tourism and the economy as a whole.

Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia, said: “We are aware that many of our members remain unsure of the direct impact their cross on the ballot paper could have on our sector so we are delighted to have secured such a high calibre panel to talk about this important issue. Interest has been extremely high as it seems the industry is keen to make an informed choice when they head to the polling stations on 23 June.”

At the end of the discussion members of the audience will also get the chance to put their own questions to the panel in a dedicated Q&A.

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