THREE COVENTRY businessmen have signed a letter backing Britain voting to leave the EU.
Christopher McCann, chairman of Lumejet Holding Ltd; Nick Mitchell, chairman of the Training Foundation; and Peter Shirley, the managing director of Midland Chilled Foods, all signed the open letter which argues the country could ‘flourish’ outside of the European Union.
The letter, signed by 24 regional businessmen from industries including manufacturing, logistics, property and exporters, urges people to vote to Leave in the referendum on June 23, and claims the UK would be able to forge its own trade deals to create more than 20,000 in the West Midlands.
It reads: “Britain is a nation of entrepreneurs. It is only when businesses succeed that our economy and the people of the West Midlands succeed too.
“There are many reasons why we are convinced that the West Midlands and the whole of the United Kingdom will flourish outside the EU.
“We are a great country, we are the fifth largest economy in the world and last year our economy grew faster than any other major advanced economy other than America.
“It is the talents and hard work of everyone on these islands that made this country strong and prosperous – not our decades long membership of the EU.
“There is a huge world of promise and prosperity out there if we take this opportunity to take back control.
“The risky option is to stay in a failing institution, with no control over our borders, our economy or our democracy.
“We can’t afford to continue to bailout the Eurozone while our own public services are in crisis.
“That’s why on Thursday, June 23, we will be voting for a better, more open and more successful UK and voting to leave the EU.”
Other signatories include lifetime president of Meriden-based Pertemps Network Group, Tim Watts, and the owner of Hatton Country World, Johnny Arkwright.