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Retail bosses reject invitation to Brexit meeting

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UK retail bosses have rejected invitations to the Brexit secretary’s meeting to discuss leaving the EU.

David Davis, the secretary of state for exiting the European Union has been snubbed by industry bosses after inviting them to a meeting to discuss the pros and cons of Brexit.

After contacting top members of the industry and inviting them to a meeting on Thursday, no major leaders planned to attend, according to The Guardian.

Davis’ office is thought to have issued a letter to his invitees asking them to list the potential risks and opportunities of the Brexit, despite it already having happened.

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Many bosses felt that there needed to be more “groundwork” done before it was necessary to engage at a chief executive level, therefore many have opted to send along junior executives in order to gauge the government’s plans on trade investment and labour movement.

Another souce has said many insiders thought the short notice of the meeting was rude and couldn’t expect them to change their schedules so quickly.

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They added: “The way it’s been run is a bit chaotic. It was short notice and that was a big reason why many chief execs couldn’t go.”

Davis issued a statement to the Commons last week saying he wished to “build a national consensus around our negotiating position” by talking to “as many organisations, companies and institutions as possible – from the large PLCs to small business, from the devolved administrations through to councils, local government associations and the major metropolitan bodies”.

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Published on Wednesday 14 September by Ben Stevens

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