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Nigel Farage Said These 3 Companies Don't Mind Brexit, But They Do

26/02/2016 14:00 | Updated 26 February 2016
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Nigel Farage's claim that three major companies that operate in the United Kingdom do not care if Britain leaves the EU appears to have been contradicted - by the bosses of the three companies.

Speaking to Nicky Campbell on Radio 5 on Tuesday, Farage said: "They (big businesses) say they support the EU. But from Nissan, to Toyota to Airbus, they all say the same thing: if Britain did leave the EU, that would make no difference to their business and their investments in this country."

However this week, the CEOs Nissan, to Toyota to Airbus all said they were not keen on Brexit.

Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, said on Tuesday:

"Our preference as a business is, of course, that the UK stays within Europe - it makes the most sense for jobs, trade and costs. For us, a position of stability is more positive than a collection of unknowns.

President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, Johan van Zyl, also said on Tuesday:

"We are concerned that leaving would create additional business challenges. As a result we believe continued British membership of the EU is best for our operations and their long-term competitiveness.”

And on Wednesday Airbus Chief Executive, Tom Enders said:

"If Britain leaves, I cannot imagine that this would have positive consequences for our competitiveness in Britain.

"Wings are only going to be continued to be made here if we maintain our global competitiveness.The EU genuinely helps us to be globally competitive."

Farage was speaking the BBC after bosses from 36 FTSE 100 companies signed a letter, published in The Times, arguing exit from the EU would deter investment in the UK.

The Ukip leader said he expected support for Brexit would come from "smaller companies" that had EU regulations "dumped on their heads" from Brussels.

On Friday, David Cameron was dealt a fresh blow as a former Tory leader said the EU renegotiation has "met with failure" and called for a vote to cut ties with Brussels.

Michael Howard, once a political mentor to the prime minister, says he believes Britain should vote to leave to "shake Europe's leaders out of their complacency" - potentially leading to an alternative deal which could be put to a second referendum

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