Employers of 1.75 million people say their business is better off in Europe
In a massive united action, 1,285 UK business people have signed a letter to the Times supporting the Remain campaign.
They include SMEs and start-ups from around the country, as well as 51 FTSE companies, and some of the biggest names in British business—Richard Branson, Sir Charles Dunstone, Jacqueline Gold, Lord Bilimoria and Jo Malone.
Collectively, the signatories employ 1.75 million people.
‘We know our firms are stronger in Europe,’ the letter reads. ‘Our reasons are straightforward: businesses and their employees benefit massively from being able to trade inside the world’s largest single market without barriers.’
It concludes that:
“Britain leaving the EU would mean uncertainty for our firms, less trade with Europe and fewer jobs. Britain remaining in the EU would mean the opposite – more certainty, more trade and more jobs. EU membership is good for business and good for British jobs. That’s why, on June 23rd, we back Britain remaining in the EU.”
Britain Stronger In Europe claims that ‘such an overwhelming show of support from UK businesses puts to bed the claim of Leave campaigners that “business is split” on the Europe issue’.
The Leave campaign would contest this claim, pointing the the high-profile business people who have rallied to their cause, including Wetherspoons founder Tim Martin at last night’s BBC ‘great debate’.
However, this carefully planned closing blow will strengthen Remain’s grip on the economic debate.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.