Posted September 21, 2019 09:20:25 Britain’s biggest business group has called on the government to abandon its Brexit and Donald Trump’s threats to destroy the country, after it was revealed that the Prime Minister’s chief economic adviser had paid a “significant amount” of money to a company in the UK.
David Gauke, who is also a key adviser to the Government, paid around £10,000 ($15,000) in 2016 to a firm called KPMG that does work for a firm run by a former Tory MP called Adam Werritty, the UK newspaper The Times reported.
Gauke, a former Conservative Party chairman, resigned in February and has since been suspended from his job as Chancellor.
Werritty is a former MP who resigned in 2017 after he admitted to lobbying a US lobbyist to pressure the government on the sale of two nuclear submarines.
The newspaper also revealed that Gauke had paid more than £3,000 to the company in 2016, a revelation that prompted the Government to publicly confirm it had no records of the payments.
“I think the Government is taking this seriously and I believe that the best thing they can do now is suspend Gauke’s contract,” Adam Wermuth, the Conservative MP who represents the constituency of Oldham West and Royton, said.
But Gauke told the newspaper that he had not been given any details of the payment and that he was unaware that KPMX was a US company.
Meanwhile, David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, has defended the Government’s handling of the Brexit negotiations, saying the EU will not allow a “disastrous situation” to develop on the Brexit process and that there are many ways to negotiate a trade deal.
Asked if he thought the Government should stick to the timetable of negotiating a trade agreement with the EU, Davis said it was the right thing to do and said the Government had the “greatest respect” for the European Union.
He added that the Government “absolutely” had the power to negotiate “unfettered access” to the EU and that “we do that with all of our partners.”
The Prime Minister, Philip Hammond, said he was “confident” that the negotiations were going ahead, despite the recent news that Werrittys work had been paid for by a UK-based firm called “KPMG”.
“The Prime Secretary has said repeatedly that we are making progress and that is exactly what we are doing,” Hammond said.