Paul Walsh, CEO Compass Group

We have to work together for a united Europe, but it has to be for a Europe that is looking forward. We need a Europe aiming for commercial and individual prosperity rather than just looking back at regional security.

I think a lot of people still sing the virtues of Europe because it has helped us avoid conflict and stand united against a great threat to our freedom. But that doesn’t resonate with 25-year-olds who think more about their individual job prospects and how well they will do. For them, the prospect of conflict is very remote.

There are too many people who are living in the past. Europe needs to evolve, to mature and to get into the next phase of its evolution. It needs to move away from its focus on regulation to concentrate on fostering joint competitiveness in an increasingly competitive world.

Paul Walsh, CEO Compass Group