Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, is set to hold a conference call with 150 business leaders this coming Friday in order to brief them regarding the state of the Brexit discussions.
The call is part of a charm offensive of the business community after a fractious period – that was summed up by Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, claiming “f*** business” when it came to the Brexit negotiations.
During the Conservative Party conference that was earlier this month, Lord Digby Jones , the former CBI chief, described Johnson as “irrelevant and offensive” for making the said remark.
During the same event, Philip Hammond, the former British Chancellor, attempted to smooth over any possible conflict with those who are involved in enterprise, stating: “Just in case anyone, anywhere, was in any doubt at all, let me say it loud and clear: The Conservative Party is, and always will be, the party of business.”
The scheduled call on Friday is set to take place at 4.30 in the afternoon. It will last approximately half an hour, however, according to the Financial Times, the volume of participants means that not everyone will have the chance to ask a question.
A source from Downing Street disclosed: “The Government is committed to making sure business stays informed of our progress in the negotiations.”
He added: “This call is an important part of that process.”