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Trump’s tariffs top agenda at dinner with business leaders
Protests like this one in Edinburgh last year will greet Donald Trump this weekend (pic: Terry Murden)
Some of Britain’s biggest businesses will be represented at a dinner with President Trump tonight as he begins a controversial weekend visit to England and Scotland.
Mr Trump will host a banquet at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, with his tariffs on imports likely to be the main topic of conversation.
About 150 business leaders will attend, though some including the internet pioneer Baroness Lane-Fox have declined.
She said last week: “I understand why the government have to entertain Trump, but I certainly don’t have to,” she said. Sir Richard Branson and Lord Sugar are other notable absentees.
Among those who will take their seat are Sir Jim Ratcliffe, owner of chemicals group Ineos, and Jes Staley, the chief executive of Barclays, whose office described its view on his policies as “agnostic”.
Legal and General chief executive Nigel Wilson, and head of personal investing, Helena Morrissey are also going, as is Rolls-Royce chief executive, Warren East.
Others attending are Steve Varley, chairman of accounting and professional services group EY, Richard Gnodde, the European boss of Goldman Sachs, and Steve Hatch of Facebook UK.