KPMG public policy director

Mark Essex agreed, saying: “If you get an audience with [Brexit Secretary] David Davis, you can try to convince him he is wrong or you can say, ‘We understand what you want to do’. If you offer help you’re more likely to get a second hour.” John Guthrie, employment policy adviser to the British Hospitality Association, warned that free movement of labour from the EU to Britain would end “probably from December 2020, but conceivably from March 2019”. He said: “The sector is

absolutely stuck between the economics and the politics of Brexit. Businesses should assume a significantly more restrictive immigration settlement, and it will have an impact [because] 96% of EU workers in UK hospitality would not get into the country [if they were] from outside the EU.” Jansen identified the biggest

post-Brexit challenges as being able to “retain EU travel arrangements, maintain access to EU workers and replace EU funding programmes”. But he suggested there would also be post-Brexit opportunities to boost tourism – for example, using the government’s air connectivity fund to start routes. EU rules prevent funds going

to airports with more than two million passengers a year. Post-Brexit, Jansen said: “The government will be able to pump prime funding for new routes to the regions.” Conservative leaders were

this week convulsed by a row about whether Britain should remain in the EU customs union. Wells said: “I urge we stay in the customs area. “We need an efficient and

welcoming border. We need light-touch processing for visitors. We need a business- friendly system for workers.”

KPMG business adviser ‘busts myths about Brexit’

Ian Taylor

A senior adviser to UK business told inbound tourism leaders last week to forget any hopes of reversing Brexit.

Mark Essex, public policy

director at business services group KPMG, said: “The chances of reversing the Brexit decision are about 2%, based on the possibility of a major political event [derailing the process].” He told a meeting of senior

UK tourism representatives at a Westminster Media Forum on UK Tourism Post-Brexit: “There is no mechanism to reverse it.” However, Essex said he had to

spend “the first 20 minutes” of every meeting with businesses “busting the myth that Brexit won’t happen”. Business leaders are prone to

believing other “myths”, he said, such as that “we’ll get a benign deal because that is what business wants; that a cliff-edge [deal] won’t be that bad; [and] that a

Moesli retires from CAA after four decades of service

David Moesli, one of the best‑known figures at the CAA, retired last week after four decades at the regulator. The deputy director of the

consumer protection and markets group has been a key figure in overseeing the Atol regime since the 1980s and played a leading role in managing the industry’s biggest failures – International Leisure Group, XL Leisure and Monarch.

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MARK ESSEX: Warns the chances of reversing Brexit are about 2%

transition deal will save us”. Essex said: “Business is not the decision maker on this, Westminster is. It is what [Tory MPs] Jacob Rees-Mogg and Bill Cash think that matters and business does not feature in their thinking.” He added: “The main

problem with a cliff-edge deal will be disruption of ports and tailbacks [of vehicles awaiting customs checks].” But Essex insisted UK and EU negotiators “won’t do a deal on transition to avoid a cliff-edge” this

Moesli was centrally

involved in development of the Atol regulations, publishing guidance to the industry on ‘What is a package holiday?’ as new technology fuelled dynamic packaging. He worked on reform of Atol financing and the introduction of the Atol Protection Contribution in 2008, and led the CAA team that developed the Atol Certificate and introduced Flight-Plus Atols. Moesli was involved in managing the biggest failure to date last October when Monarch ceased trading and the CAA handled the repatriation itself.

March when Brexit negotiations resume. He said: “You won’t have certainty maybe until next March.” He also suggested businesses

are sending conflicting messages to government, saying: “Goods traders want Brexit settled early, services traders want to hold out for a better deal.” Essex warned: “Some of the things asked for [by business] are precisely what the Brexiteers want changed. The government is wrestling with this and there is not much room for manoeuvre.”

MOESLI: Handled Monarch failure

Deputy chief executive Richard Moriarty said: “David has been a leading member of the CAA team, dedicating his career to protecting consumer rights.”

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