Theresa May to hold her own Brexit business meeting this week, with Tesco's Dave Lewis, BAE Systems' Roger Carr and Luke Johnson inaugural attendees

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Business chiefs of some of the country's biggest firms will meet with Theresa May tomorrow, in the first meeting of a new council designed to forge better links between government and the commercial sector.

Tesco boss Dave Lewis, BAE Systems' Roger Carr, Luke Johnson of Risk Capital and National Grid boss John Pettigrew are among those who will meet with the Prime Minister tomorrow, to discuss the government's Brexit strategy, as well as wider issues such as the development of a modern industrial strategy and steps to boost the nation’s economy.

The Prime Minister will chair the meeting at Downing Street on the last day before the summer recess. She will be joined by chancellor Philip Hammond, business secretary Greg Clark and Brexit minister Robin Walker, representing David Davis who will be in Brussels.

The council will have a rotating cast of attendees

On top of this, regular Brexit-focused meetings will also be held with the UK’s five main trade organisations - the BCC, CBI, EEF, FSB and IoD.

Tomorrow's attendee list in full

  • Terry Scouler, EEF
  • Stephen Martin, IoD
  • Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI
  • Mike Cherry, FSB
  • Francis Martin, BCC
  • Dr Ralf Speth, JLR
  • John Pettigrew, National Grid
  • Paul Manduca, M&G Investments
  • Luke Johnson, Risk Capital
  • Kathryn Parsons, Decoded
  • Dave Lewis, Tesco
  • Sir Roger Carr, BAE Systems
  • Vivian Hunt, McKinsey

The move comes a fortnight after Brexit secretary David Davis hosted a top-level meeting at country house Chevening a fortnight ago, and ends a year-long period in which captains of industry were effectively frozen out of the government.

Yesterday the FCA boss Andrew Bailey urged the government to give business clarity around whether it was seeking a transitional agreement for Brexit, warning that City firms would begin implementing their contingency plans at the end of this year without it.

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