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Leaving Europe not a risk worth taking

Published 23/06/2016

Over the last five decades, I've launched dozens of businesses and the Virgin Group now employs almost 50,000 people in the UK.

Although I've been living in the British Virgin Islands for some time now, I have never stopped caring passionately about the UK and its great people.

As an entrepreneur, I've learned a thing or two about risk and leaving the European Union is not one of the risks I would want the UK to take.

The EU has delivered enormous benefits to the UK, its economy, and its people. Up to three million British jobs are linked to the UK's membership in the world's largest single market.

EU trading partners buy 44% of all British exports, more than 300,000 British businesses operate in other EU countries and it provides great support for thousands of start-ups each year.

As a member of the EU, the UK is much better off economically. It can trade without barriers, or taxes. British citizens can live, learn and work wherever they want in the European Union.

The EU has made both Europe and the UK stronger. If you agree with me, I'd urge you to vote Remain.

RICHARD BRANSON

Virgin Group

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