On Thursday evening, the bosses at one of the biggest business groups in the United Kingdom have been left red-faced after the emails that were accidentally sent to a broadcaster revealed thier doubts within the organisation over the Brexit deal of British Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) backed the political declaration on the future relationship of the United Kingdom and the European Union publicly. It praised the negotiators on both sides and called it a “much-needed” agreement.
However, some emails that were inadvertently sent to ITV News highlighted the differences of opinion among the leaders of the organisation when putting together the response.
According to ITN, Nicola Sykes, the head of EU negotiations, said that there was “no need to give credit to the negotiators… because it’s not a good deal.”
The broadcaster said that Chris Grummett, the head of news of the CBI, then used quotation marks around the word ‘want’ in his response. He said that he “left the credit in given we ‘want’ this to go through.”
As a response Joshua Hardie, the deputy director general of the CBI, stated: “Responding to significant announcements inevitably involves a step-by-step process, testing different viewpoints before arriving at a final, public statement.”
He added: “The CBI and our members have been clear. The deal’s not perfect, it involves compromise, hard work lies ahead but right now it is the best chance of protecting jobs and growth.”
The 26-page declaration on the future trading arrangement of the United Kingdom and the European Union was released after the discussion on late Wednesday night talks between the negotiators in Brussels. It commited both sides to an “ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership.”
The pound has increased by 0.8 percent to $1.288 since the agreement was publicised earlier today.
The declaration is expected to be signed off by the European Uinon in Brussels this coming Sunday, however,it is still needed to be approved by the Parliament. It comes alongside a legally-binding 585-page withdrawal agreement.