Oh dear. David Cameron’s speech to the Confederation of British Industry got off to a shaky start today after he was heckled by Brexit protesters. While the CBI had opted to leave members of the Vote Leave campaign off of the invite list, two protesters managed to sneak in and get their own anti-EU message across.
As the Prime Minister gave a speech in which he said that he could work with business leaders to keep ‘Britain in a reformed Europe’ after a successful renegotiation, protesters held up a banner and shouted that the CBI is the ‘voice of Brussels’:
Exclusive: watch anti-CBI hecklers interrupt PM speech (& forgive my dodgy camera work) pic.twitter.com/ZXnl5d0nu0
— James Landale (@BBCJLandale) November 9, 2015
While Cameron urged the duo to sit down and wait til the Q&A to grill him on Britain’s relationship with Europe, they failed to oblige and the pair — thought to be members of the Students for Britain group which argues for ‘fundamental reform of Britain’s relationship with the European Union’ — were swiftly escorted out.
Update: The protesters have explained to Sky News how they managed to avoid security and get into the CBI event. They say that they worked with Vote Leave to form a company and then pretended to be (rather young) businessmen.
Students who heckled PM at CBI "got in because Vote Leave formed a company for us & we pretended to be businessmen" https://t.co/ahHAPFAjRz
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 9, 2015