Britain-Eu: Brexit campaign backed by 250 leaders

Vote Leave, one of the groups supporting a British exit also unveiled its own list of backers


Reuters March 26, 2016

LONDON: The campaign for Britain to leave the EU has been backed by 250 business leaders including the former chief executive of HSBC, the ‘Vote Leave group’ said on Saturday, hoping to counter the view that UK businesses back staying in the bloc. Vote Leave, one of the groups supporting a British exit also unveiled its own list of backers including HSBC Group former chief executive Michael Geoghegan, Phones4U Founder John Caudwell, and Tim Martin, the boss of pubs group JD Wetherspoon. “With our growing list of business supporters, Vote Leave will make that case that whilst the EU might be good for big multinationals, for smaller businesses it acts as a job destruction regulatory machine,” Vote Leave CEO Matthew Elliott said. However, last month, the bosses at more than a third of Britain’s biggest companies including oil giants Shell and BP, and its largest telecoms group BT said leaving the EU would put jobs and investment at risk.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 27th, 2016.

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