Brexit bustle: European business chiefs call for the UK to vote to stay in the EU ahead of referendum

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Business leaders from across Europe have called for UK citizens to vote to remain in the Union.

BusinessEurope issued a statement from its annual summit today saying its members “firmly wish” to see the UK stay an “active and positive” EU member.

“The UK has played a crucial role over the past forty years in shaping the development of Europe with trade and the single market at its core,” the group said in a statement.

“A vote to leave the EU will only heighten the uncertainty around current and future investments as some tough negotiations will then begin.”

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The call is the latest in a flood of warnings over the risks of Brexit.

Earlier today the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) warned that a vote to leave the European Union would set off a chain reaction of market turmoil across the global economy.

The European business leaders' opinions were echoed by UK chiefs.

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“Our allies across 33 other European countries who speak for millions of firms of all sizes want to see us build on our decades-long partnership,” said Paul Drechsler, president of the Confederation of British Industry.

The UK takes to the polls on 23 June to decide its future in the EU.

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