BT boss tells Gary Lineker: We’re ready to “tilt” EU operations towards Asia or the US


Gary Lineker quizzed BT chief executive Gavin Patterson (not pictured) on a range of topics

BT chief executive Gavin Patterson has admitted Britain’s exit from the EU could force the firm to refocus on Asia or the US instead of mainland.

During an interview with former England football legend Gary Lineker, the BT boss said the group was set up flexibly to respond to the challenges of Brexit.

We may just tilt our business towards Asia/ Pacific or America if we find that Europe is not as productive.

He said: “We’re a business that operates in over 180 countries in the world, they’re not all part of the EU obviously so we’re used to working with different regulatory regimes.

The telecoms giant’s overseas division, global services, has come under increasing scrutiny from investors after a £530m accounting blackhole in Italy was revealed in January.



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