UK PM May voiced Brexit concerns pre-referendum
A month prior the UK referendum to exit the EU, now-Prime Minister Theresa May alerted it would affect UK businesses, DW.
In a private audience with executives from the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, the then-Home Secretary was more vocal about her concerns than during the referendum campaign, according to a report leaked to "The Guardian" newspaper.
Speaking at a Goldman Sachs office in London on May 26, the then-Home Secretary far more clearly reiterated the economic benefits of staying in the EU and reportedly said "it was time the UK took a lead in Europe," and that she "hoped voters would look to the future rather than the past."
"I think the economic arguments are clear,” she said. "I think being part of a 500-million trading bloc is significant for us. I think, as I was saying to you a little earlier, that one of the issues is that a lot of people will invest here in the UK because it is the UK in Europe.
"If we were not in Europe, I think there would be firms and companies who would be looking to say, do they need to develop a mainland Europe presence rather than a UK presence? So I think there are definite benefits for us in economic terms.”