The bosses of companies such as easyJet and Whitbread will no longer act as government advisors.

Members of former prime minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group – including the budget airline’s chief executive Carolyn McCall and Whitbread chief executive Alison Brittain – were informed yesterday that their services would not be required by Theresa May.

The advisory panel met on a quarterly basis under Cameron, with other Cabinet ministers including the chancellor and business secretary also usually in attendance.

A Downing Street spokesman told Sky News: “The PM will be engaging closely with the business community as she delivers on the government’s priorities – ensuring that we make a success of Brexit, showing the world that we remain outward looking and open for business, and also building a Britain that works for all its citizens.

“As you would expect, the PM will seek to draw on a range of advice and counsel from business going forward.

“She thanks the members of the former Business Advisory Group for their service and expertise.”