Director General of UK Chambers of Commerce Suspended For Favoring Brexit

Director General of UK Chambers of Commerce Suspended For Favoring Brexit © AFP 2016/ Ben Stansall

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Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) John Longworth was suspended after he voiced support for Brexit (United Kingdom leaving the European Union), The Financial Times reports.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – John Longworth told reporters on Thursday that Britain would be better off leaving the European Union, suggesting that the agreed reforms of the bloc are not satisfactory.

“Quite a few people are very unhappy about his [Longworth’s] position. They think he has massively overstepped the mark and abused his role,” a senior member of the British Chambers of Commerce told the newspaper on Friday.

BCC held an emergency board meeting on Friday following which Longworth was temporarily suspended for “breaching the group’s official position of neutrality,” The Financial Times said.

According to BCC research cited by the newspaper, most of the chambers members are in favor of Britain staying within the European Union.

Last month, British Prime Minister David Cameron struck a deal with his 27 fellow EU leaders on reforms to be implemented in an effort to keep the United Kingdom in the bloc.

The deal paved the way for a UK in/out referendum (Brexit referendum), scheduled for June 23. The February 19 agreement to revise the bloc will only come into force if the British people opt for a future inside the European Union.

After the agreement with the European Union, Cameron said the deal delivers on all of his reform commitments and called on the British people to vote in favor of staying within the European Union as that would make Britain safer and stronger.

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