Carolyn Fairbairn, boss of the British bosses, in the front line against the "no deal"

Because it carries the voice of the companies of the United Kingdom against an exit of the European Union without agreement, the director of the Confederation of British Industry, undergoes virulent criticisms.

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Carolyn Fairbairn, Director of the Confederation of British Industry, London, November 16, 2015.
Carolyn Fairbairn, Director of the Confederation of British Industry, London, November 16, 2015. Paul Hackett / REUTERS

When Carolyn Fairbairn, the director of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the British employers, was decorated by the Queen in July, the reactions were of a rare virulence. "A stain on our democracy"Priti Patel, then a simple pro-Brexit member of parliament, and now Minister of the Interior. "It's completely inappropriate, she continues, she is rewarded while running a regressive campaign against our country. " Jacob Rees-Mogg, also a simple deputy, now Minister of Parliament Relations, went on a spur-of-the-wool project. "The CBI said what it was asked to support the government's policy (Theresa May) and she is conscientiously rewarded. I congratulate her. Obedience works. "

Sitting very straight in her chair, Carolyn Fairbairn barely shows a sign of annoyance when reminded of these remarks. She is used to. For three and a half years, she has become one of the favorite targets of Brexit supporters, who accuse her of being unpatriotic and "The project of fear" against the exit of the European Union (EU).

The boss of the British bosses recognizes just avoid looking at the comments about her on social networks. "It can be very intimidating, especially for women. I prefer not to read them. We all have a limit to what we can cash. I listen to the critics, but when it comes to simple insults, I do not want to hear them. "

A quick glance at his Twitter feed easily explains the need to protect yourself. Carolyn Fairbairn is accused of being "Anti-British, of the 5e column, undermining this country », "Traitor", "Paid by the EU" (This is false, the CBI receives 0.6% of its budget from the European Union, to organize surveys of companies) … At her office in the heart of the City, she sometimes receives threatening letters.

"We're tired of experts"

A woman of records avoiding the big lyrical flights, always precise, the director of the CBI, 58 years, ended up incarnating in spite of her "the elites" against the "people". With Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, she became one of the main enemies of the brexiters, who prefer to handle emotionally charged arguments. "We're tired of experts", launched during the referendum campaign Michael Gove, today minister responsible for the preparations for the "no deal". "Fuck business", summed up in the summer of 2018 Boris Johnson, before becoming prime minister.


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