No point in delaying Brexit, says Rocco Forte
A no-deal Brexit is better than a bad deal, and Theresa May’s is a bad deal according to hotel tycoon Sir Rocco Forte.
Ahead of a series of Brexit votes in parliament this week Sir Rocco is urging MPs to reject both the prime minister’s deal and the option of delaying Brexit, says BBC Business Editor Simon Jack.
“There’s no point delaying, Europe has said the deal is the deal, it’s on the table and we’re not going to change it, so what do we do? Are we going to delay? What’s it going to do? if we take no deal off the table, we’re finished. We have no negotiating position,” he says.
“It may cause some short term disruption although I think that’s been hugely exaggerated…This not about what happens this year or next year, it’s about what happens in the long term and this country can thrive if its outside of the constraints of the EU.”
Ex-Downside pupil Sir Rocco Forte is the son of Lord Forte – who built what was once known as the Trust House Forte Group, which at one point owned Travelodge, Little Chef, Happy Eater and a majority stake in the Savoy Hotel. That empire was bought in the 1990s and Sir Rocco has since left the Little Chef and Travelodge sector of the hospitality industry to pursue the luxury end of the market, with plans for new luxury Five-Star hotels in Asia and Europe.
Full interview: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47513846Tags: Brexit, forte, rocco