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Leave group to present document on exiting EU

By John Mulgrew

Published 17/05/2016

Leaving the EU will allow Northern Ireland to become a successful, prosperous region with an international outlook, Brexit campaigners have said.

The Leave.EU campaign, which will today present a document outlining its reasons for backing the move at the Hilton Hotel, said Brexit was right for the province.

Spokesman David Hoey added: "The document is 28 pages, and outlines the case for Brexit. It's not a leaflet, it's a really well-constructed case."

The Remain and Leave campaigns have been debating for months over whether Northern Ireland would have a brighter future as part of the European Union or outside it.

During a debate in Belfast last month Brexit supporters, including Labour MP Kate Hoey and Conservative MP Owen Paterson, blasted claims that the peace process could be thrown into turmoil in the event of a UK exit from the EU.

Business leaders from here who have backed a Brexit include Wrightbus founder William Wright and Northern Ireland-raised JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin.

But the pro-EU campaign has had support from a raft of big-name business owners.

Among its backers are hotelier Lord Rana, Janet McCollum, chief executive of Moy Park, Liam Nagle, chief executive of pharma giant Norbrook, and Bombardier's Belfast boss, Michael Ryan.

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