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Politicians are urged to give merger backing

Published 02/10/2012

The chief executives of Britain and Europe's largest defence and firms issued a plea for political support for their proposed £28bn merger, saying now is the time to do it.

Ian King, chief executive of BAE Systems and Tom Enders, his EADS counterpart, appealed for political support for the plan, saying it would create a global company that would be more than the sum of its parts.

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