The Rt Hon John Redwood MP & Sir Vince Cable to lead City Brexit debate at SWIFT’s Business Forum London

  • Senior politicians will join SWIFT’s event to debate their views on the impact of the referendum on the UK’s financial services industry

London – SWIFT announces today that senior political figures from the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ camps will debate their views on the impact of the British referendum on the City at the SWIFT Business Forum London (BFL) on 20 April.

Sir Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, 2010-15, will make the case for the City benefitting from Britain remaining in the European Union, while the Rt Hon John Redwood MP Conservative member for Wokingham and Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Economic Affairs Committee, will make the case for the City benefiting from Britain’s leaving. This will be an interactive, moderated debate, at the end of which the audience will cast anonymous votes to ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’ in the EU.

“We are delighted to have John Redwood and Sir Vince Cable join us at the London Business Forum and debate this all-important issue”, said Javier Pérez-Tasso, Chief Executive of the Americas & UK Region, SWIFT. “The Referendum is set to be the defining political event of the year and we could not have hoped for better speakers at what will undoubtedly prove to be a compelling debate for the City.”

In addition to the City Brexit debate, the BFL will include a mix of keynote and panel sessions addressing the changing payments and securities landscape and major technology shifts, such as the application of blockchain technology. The agenda will also feature a special appearance from Harriett Baldwin, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, City Minister, who will announce the winner of the SWIFT Institute Challenge.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Eileen Burbidge, FinTech Envoy, HM Treasury
  • Gerry Gaetz, CEO, Canadian Payments Association
  • Andrew Hauser, Executive Director, Banking, Payments & Financial Resilience, Bank of England
  • Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO, SWIFT
  • Blythe Masters, CEO, Digital Asset Holdings
  • Marion King, Director of Payments, RBS  
  • John Trundle, CEO, Euroclear UK & Ireland

Returning for its sixth year, the Business Forum London, SWIFT’s largest regional event, will bring together over 1,000 senior leaders from across the industry to explore the theme of ‘Build the Future’. The event takes place on 20 April at the Tobacco Dock and is free to attend for the financial community.  Please click here to view the agenda.

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