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CBI Joins EU Business Lobby Groups Urging U.K. to Stay in Bloc

  • German, French, Italian business groups want U.K. to remain
  • BCC poll shows 60% of business leaders would vote to stay
An employee handles a side panel of an Infiniti Q30 automobile on the production line at the Nissan Motor Co. production plant in Sunderland, U.K., on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. Nissan rose 0.7 percent at the close Thursday in Tokyo trading.
Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

The Confederation of British Industry joined with 21 counterparts in other European Union nations in urging Britain to remain in the bloc, putting the heft of more than 2.5 million businesses behind the “stay” campaign.

“European business strongly supports continued British membership of a European Union that takes the necessary reforms to be competitive, outward-looking and continue delivering growth, jobs, peace, security and prosperity for all,” business chiefs from Ireland to Poland and Finland to Malta said Wednesday in an open letter, extracts of which were released in an e-mailed statement by the CBI, the U.K.’s main business lobby group.