Senior executives of the two largest property owners in the world have come out in support of the UK remaining in the EU.
Gerry Murphy, chairman of Blackstone Europe, and Bruce Flatt, chief executive of Brookfield, were among 1,200 business owners to sign a pro-remain letter published in The Times this morning.
The letter backed a vote to stay in the EU, saying that the UK leaving would hurt both companies and their employees.
“Our reasons are straightforward: businesses and their employees benefit massively from being able to trade inside the world’s largest single market without barriers,” the letter said.
“As business people, we always look to the future – and a future inside the EU is where we see more opportunities for investment, growth and new jobs.”
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Those in the property industry who signed the letter include:
- Mark Glatman, chief executive, Abstract Securities
- Eric Van Der Klej, co-founder and chief executive, Adeptra
- Matt Pullen, managing director, AkzoNobel
- Ross Bailey, founder and chief executive, Appear Here
- Surinder Arora, chairman, Arora Group
- David Thomas, chief executive, Barratt Homes
- Rob Perrins, managing director, Berkeley Group
- Tony Pidgley, chairman, Berkeley Group
- Gerry Murphy, chairman, Blackstone Europe
- Chris Grigg, chief executive, British Land
- Bruce Flatt, chief executive, Brookfield Asset Management
- Chris Oglesby, chief executive, Bruntwood
- Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and chief executive, Canary Wharf Group
- Stephen Stone, chief executive, Crest Nicholson
- David Atkins, chief executive, Hammerson
- Christian Salbaing, deputy chairman, Hutchison Whampoa
- Andrew Williams, partner and chief executive, LJ Partnership
- Charlie Cornish, chief executive, Manchester Airports Group
- Gary Landesberg, managing director, Mountain Capital
- Marc Vlessing, chief executive, Pocket Living
- Charlie Fillingham, managing director, Strutt and Parker (Farms)
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