Thursday, 10 March 2016

Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester airports chiefs against 'Brexit'

THE BOSSES of Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester Airport are among some 200 business leaders calling for the UK to remain a member of the European Union (EU).

Other travel sector signatories to a letter to The Times published include Tui Travel supervisory board member Peter Long, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary, easyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall, and co-founder Martha Lane Fox. Virgin chief Richard Branson has also set a case against a UK withdrawal from the EU.

They claim a UK exit would put jobs at risk.

The letter says: ‘Following the prime minister’s re-negotiation, we believe that Britain is better off staying in a reformed European Union. He has secured a commitment from the EU to reduce the burden of regulation, deepen the single market, and to sign off crucial international trade deals. Business needs unrestricted access to the European market of 500 million people in order to continue to grow, invest and create jobs. We believe that leaving the EU would deter investment, threaten jobs, and put the economy at risk.’

Go Holiday editor David Kernek comments: Many of these people – who are presumed to know what they’re talking about, and whose views we are expected to take seriously – argued fervently in favour, some years back, of Britain ditching its own currency and joining the euro zone, warning that if it didn’t the country’s economy would collapse. They were wrong then; it didn’t. They could be wrong now.

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