TERRIFIED TECH TITANS including BT, Virgin Media, IBM, HPE and Microsoft have urged UK citizens to vote to remain in the European Union.
An open letter was signed by 34 tech leaders and published first in The Times. Sorry? What's The Times? It's one of those big paper things. You know. You must have seen them. They're filled with news. From yesterday. They used to be popular. You know what? Don't worry about it.
We've made the letter digital so you can read what it says for free. Basically, it urges people to vote to stay in the EU, warning that Armageddon will occur if the UK leaves.
"The UK’s tech sector is a global success. It is growing faster than the rest of the UK economy and creating new businesses and jobs across the country. EU membership has underpinned that success. A vote to leave would undermine it,” they said.
Here's a list (we like lists) of some of the most notable people to have signed the letter:
- Michel van der Bel, UK CEO, Microsoft
- Victor Chavez, CEO, Thales UK
- Julian David, CEO, techUK
- Andy Isherwood, MD UK and Ireland, HPE
- Michael Keegan, SVP, head of EMEA product business and chairman UK & Ireland, Fujitsu
- Tom Mockridge, CEO, Virgin Media
- Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT
- Cormac Watters, MD UK, SAP
- David Stokes, CEO, IBM UK
The letter goes on to explain more about why the signatories feel a remain vote is in the best interests of the country.
"Tech companies are not starry-eyed about the EU, but repeated surveys of startups, SMEs, investors and corporates make it clear that the overwhelming majority would vote to stay," they say at first, to get the leave voters on side.
Then they say: "[We] believe staying in the EU is the best choice for the UK economy. According to techUK members, most of which are small businesses, being part of the EU makes it easier for them to trade and do business across Europe."
"It makes the UK more attractive to international investment and makes Britain more globally competitive. A decision to exit the EU would leave tech firms and their customers facing significant and prolonged uncertainty, and leave the UK sidelined on key decisions that will shape a digital market of 500 million consumers."
If this doesn't sway you, nothing will. µ
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