General electric chief dismisses claims foreign companies will shun britain after brexit _ daily mail online

The intervention came as Chancellor George Osborne revealed plans to slash corporation tax to 15 per cent as part of a charm offensive to woo big business.

The vote of confidence from General Electric was welcomed last night by Eurosceptics, with Ukip MP Douglas Carswell describing it as further evidence Britain remains ‘open for business’.

Peter Hargreaves, the billionaire co-founder of investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown – who helped bankroll the Leave campaign – said it exposed the ‘scaremongering’ of Europhiles who warned that Brexit would have a devastating impact on trade and foreign investment.

Leave campaigners have been encouraged by reports that countries including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and India are lining up to enter trade talks with Britain in the wake of the decision to leave the EU.

Despite a warning from President Barack Obama that the UK would be ‘at the back of the queue’ for any trade deal if it left the EU, there is already growing pressure from other American politicians to strike an agreement.

A number of firms which supported the Remain campaign – including HSBC and Barclays – have also signalled their commitment to Britain since the vote on June 23.

In an interview with The Times, Mr Elborne became the latest business leader to give the UK his backing, despite being among almost 200 signatories of a letter supporting Britain’s continued membership of the EU.

A series of business heavyweights – including vacuum cleaner entrepreneur Sir James Dyson and JCB boss Lord Bamford – have rejected predictions that Brexit will lead to a slump in trade.

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