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JCB quits CBI 'in Brexit row'

By Ryan Hooper

Construction equipment giant JCB is leaving the CBI business lobbying group amid reports of clashes over Brexit. Lord Bamford, whose father founded JCB in 1945, has been an outspoken supporter of leaving the EU, while CBI members have warned against it.

Both parties confirmed the decision on Monday, but declined to offer reasons why.

The move will be seen as a blow for the CBI, which will lose the backing of one of the country's biggest manufacturers.

A JCB spokesman said: "I can confirm that JCB is ending its membership of the CBI."

The spokesman added he would not be commenting on the reasons for the decision, describing it as "speculation".

A CBI spokesman said: "It's always a shame to see any member leave the CBI, but we recognise that businesses have competing priorities and we respect that."

JCB employs around 5,500 UK workers at 11 factories.

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