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Man Who Fought EU’s ‘Evil Empire’ Now Defends It Against Brexit

  • Ryanair’s O’Leary tells executives to ‘get out and campaign’
  • Airline donates to anti-Brexit camp and e-mails customers
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Ryanair CEO O'Leary on Risks of Brexit

After spending years fighting the European Union, Michael O’Leary has turned into one of its biggest defenders, and he’s even decorating his airplanes to prove it.

The Irish chief executive officer of Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe’s largest airline, is trying to persuade the British to vote to stay in the EU in their June 23 referendum on its 43-year membership. The company is donating money to the “Remain” campaign, and O’Leary appeared in London on Monday alongside Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to promote the case for staying in the EU.