In the latest poll of 2,000 senior businesspeople conducted by the British Chamber of Commerce ('BCC'), 60% responded they intended to vote for the UK to stay in the EU (30% said they intended to vote to leave, with 10% abstaining).
Yet the memo didn't seem to reach the top, with BCC Director-General John Longworth subsequently voicing his own opinion that the UK "would be better off taking a decision to leave the European Union".
It appears these comments have landed him in hot water, with Mr. Longworth being suspended by the BCC earlier today.
Those comments were directly at odds with the majority of BCC members, who are in favour of staying in the EU, according to the organisation’s own research. The group was forced to hold an emergency board meeting on Friday to discuss how to reconcile the divergence in views between the director-general and many of his members. Member chambers were later informed that Mr Longworth had been temporarily suspended for breaching the group’s official position of neutrality.