Longworth resigns as BCC chief over support for Brexit

John Longworth resigned on Sunday night as director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce after being drawn into a political row over his support for the UK to leave the European Union.

The surprise decision illustrates the increasingly febrile atmosphere around the impending referendum on EU membership on June 23.

The support of major business figures is seen as critical by both camps given the fundamental economic arguments over Brexit.

The Financial Times revealed on Friday evening that Mr Longworth had been suspended after making several high-profile interventions in favour of leaving the EU.

Critics within the organisation claimed that he had breached the group’s self-ordained position of neutrality over the June referendum.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.