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Theresa May’s awkward reunion at CBI event

Today the Confederation of British Industry hosts its annual conference. Last year, David Cameron gave a speech to attendees and this year it’s Theresa May’s turn.

Alas signs so far suggest it won’t be all smooth-sailing for the Prime Minister. While CBI president Paul Drechsler is expected to use his speech to urge May to ensure that Britain retains its ‘privileged’ access to the EU single market and keep its borders open to European talent, the sponsor — too — could prove a strain on May.


Step forward Deloitte. Yes, the company behind last week’s so-called ‘leaked’ Brexit memo are a corporate partner of the event. After the Times splashed on the ‘memo’ which claimed Brexit was ‘beyond the capacity and capability’ of the government, Downing Street criticised the firm for ‘touting for business’. In the end, Deloitte had to issue a statement making clear no government departments were involved in the report.

No doubt May will be less than pleased to find herself so close to Deloitte branding…


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