Ger­man firm’s boss slams Tories over Brexit

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Job Finder - BY ALYS KEY

THE UK boss of one of Ger­many’s largest in­dus­trial firms has slammed the Con­ser­va­tive party for putting its own in­ter­ests ahead of busi­ness in its Brexit ap­proach.

Terry Sargeant, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Thyssenkrupp in the UK, de­scribed the han­dling of Brexit a “com­plete sham­bles” in an in­ter­view with The Guardian.

“They have failed busi­ness,” he said.

“The Tory party aren’t mak­ing de­ci­sions for busi­ness, they are mak­ing de­ci­sions to pre­vent an im­plo­sion in their own party.”

Mr Sargeant, who is a life­long Con­ser­va­tive voter, said he would never vote for the party again as a re­sult of its han­dling of Brexit. He said he thought there was a fac­tion of the party that “just don’t care about busi­ness”.

For­mer for­eign sec­re­tary Boris John­son caused out­rage in the busi­ness com­mu­nity when re­ports emerged that he had said “f *** busi­ness” when ques­tioned over Brexit.

Mr Sargeant also warned the out­look for busi­nesses in the UK was neg­a­tive, with the “work­ing man” likely to be hit hard­est.

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