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WSTA reveals this year’s Brexit LWF debate panel

Published:  08 May, 2018

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) has revealed the industry experts that will form part of its Brexit debate panel at this year’s London Wine Fair (LWF).

The team of panellists, who have been picked to help the industry prepare for life after leaving the EU, comprises Jean-Marie Barillère, president of the Unions des Maisons de Champagne; Troy Christensen, CEO, Enotria and Coe; Samantha Linter, MD and winemaker, Bolney Estate; Paul Sorrentino, vice president & GM EMEA, E&J Gallo Winery and Leendert Vis, chief information office, JF Hillebrand.

The debate, which will be introduced and moderated by WSTA chief executive Miles Beale, will be focussed on discussing the hot issues for industry including tariffs, regulations and the movement of goods and people; and how businesses and suppliers can plan effectively to minimise disruption and prepare for change.

With less than a year to go before the UK leaves the EU, the government appeared to be “making progress with some details of what Brexit really means beginning to emerge”, said Beale.

“The WSTA has been vocal in holding the UK government’s feet to the fire to get what our industry needs. And so far, so good, but the major hurdles to overcome and decisions to make have yet to be tackled and there is less than a year to achieve it.”

It was vital that the industry is consulted and kept informed in the crucial last months of the countdown to Brexit and the welcome transition period beyond, he added.

“The London Wine Fair is the perfect place and moment to debate the challenges and opportunities the industry faces; and will help industry to plan for Brexit and the great unknown beyond.”

Hannah Tovey, head of LWF, said: “Last year’s Brexit briefing drew the largest audience in the show’s history. With the clock ticking, the industry is seeking further clarity and the fair is well-placed to provide a platform for what is the most impactful political and economic event affecting the drinks trade in years.”

While the effects of Brexit were already becoming a reality in many sectors, the need for reassurance and knowledge was more relevant than ever before, she added.

‘Brexit; the latest’ will take place at 10.30am on Monday, 21st May in the London Room at Olympia.