Chevening House ‘to host second round of Brexit talks with business leaders’

PUBLISHED: 11:43 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 04 September 2017

Chevening House Pic: Mathew Black

Chevening House Pic: Mathew Black


Company chiefs previously descended on Sevenoaks to hammer out a strategy back in July

Crunch Brexit talks between the government and business leaders are expected to resume at a Kent mansion next week.

Company chiefs descended on Chevening House back in July to hammer out a strategy for leaving the EU with cabinet members including David Davies and Tunbridge Wells’ Greg Clark, and it is understood a second meeting will be held on September 15.

The luxurious Sevenoaks estate, traditionally home to the foreign secretary, has often been used by senior government figures to wine and dine esteemed guests.

Sources at July’s summit told us the meeting was “positive” after business chiefs had previously complained about being left in the dark over Brexit by the government.

A month earlier, current foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, was spotted meeting defence secretary and constituency MP, Sir Michael Fallon, at local pub, The Bricklayers Arms in Chipstead.

The pair were then caught chatting on a bench overlooking the River Darent, sparking rumours the former London mayor was planning to relaunch a leadership bid with criticism of Theresa May growing louder.

These claims were swiftly denied, as sources said Mr Johnson “regularly sees Michael when he is staying at Chevening”.

Locals have previously revealed it is no secret when ministers are in town, as they come with a huge security presence, and visitors approaching the gates of the 115-room estate are confronted by an armed guard.

The Department for Exiting the European Union declined to comment when contacted.

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