Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Prime Minister holds secret meeting with retail chiefs over EU

Prime Minister David Cameron held a meeting with top retail bosses behind closed doors last week as he looked to gain support over the EU referendum.

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis and Sainsbury’s Mike Coupe were among retail chiefs invited to Downing Street last Tuesday to discuss the EU referendum, according to the Mail on Sunday. Representatives from Asda, Marks & Spencer, Boots and Dixons Carphone all attended the meeting.

The retail chiefs also pressed the government on business rates and the impact of the national living wage, the newspaper reports.

A source said of the summit: ”The discussion was around the business climate. Business rates was a key focus of the meeting, but as you can imagine other pressures on the retail sector such as the chancellor’s [George Osborne’s] living wage were discussed.”

Many retailers have avoided wading into the Brexit debate, although Next boss Lord Wolfson revealed at the weekend that he is backing the campaign to leave the European Union. Writing in The Times on Saturday, he said: “Over the next four months people will debate the economic pros and cons of Brexit. On balance, I think we will be better off out.”

Readers' comments (1)

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.