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Major in EU snub to bosses.

Premier John Major has pulled out of a conference of top bosses because of their hostility to his war with Europe.

He was due to be guest speaker today at the high-level event promoting Britain's role in the EU.

But Mr Major has told his deputy Michael Heseltine to go instead.

A source for the CBI bosses' forum said: "We are disappointed because we expected him to come."

Industry leaders are expected to step up their criticism of Mr Major's hard-line bid to end the ban on British beef.

CBI leader Adair Turner has already warned the crisis is hitting business.

He said stoking up anti-Europe hostility was "not helpful" and will hurt Britain.

Former CBI president Sir Bryan Nicholson has accused Tory Euro-sceptics of not realising the war with Germany ended 50 years ago.

Mr Major's snub is doubly embarrassing because Dutch Premier Wim Kok is flying to London to take part.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 1996
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