Campaigners for Vote Leave have apologised after incorrectly adding the names of two business leaders to a letter of 250 signatories backing exit from the EU.
The pro-Brexit campaign has now removed David Ross, the Carphone Warehouse co-founder, and John Caudwell, who launched Phones 4U, from the list published on Saturday, after it was revealed the pair had not agreed to be on it.
A spokesman confirmed that Mr Ross's name was included erroneously and apologised.
Mr Caudwell had previously supported the campaign, but he had not put his name forward for the list.
Other signatories on the list include JD Wetherspoon pub boss Tim Martin, hotelier Sir Rocco Forte and former HSBC chief executive Michael Geoghegan. However, the international bank has declared it is in favour of Britain staying in the EU and threatened it would move 1,000 jobs to France if the vote is in favour of Brexit.
What has the EU ever done for us?
What has the EU ever done for us?
1/7 1. It gives you freedom to live, work and retire anywhere in Europe
As a member of the EU, UK citizens benefit from freedom of movement across the continent. Considered one of the so-called four pillars of the European Union, this freedom allows all EU citizens to live, work and travel in other member states.
2/7 2. It sustains millions of jobs
A report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, released in October 2015, suggested 3.1 million British jobs were linked to the UK’s exports to the EU.
3/7 3. Your holiday is much easier - and safer
Freedom to travel is one of the most exercised benefits of EU membership, with Britons having made 31 million visits to the EU in 2014 alone. But a lot of the benefits of being an EU citizen are either taken for granted or go unnoticed.
4/7 4. It means you're less likely to get ripped off
Consumer protection is a key benefit of the EU’s single market, and ensures members of the British public receive equal consumer rights when shopping anywhere in Europe.
5/7 5. It offers greater protection from terrorists, paedophiles, people traffickers and cyber-crime
Another example of a lesser-known advantage of EU membership is the benefit of cross-country coordination and cooperation in the fight against crime.
6/7 6. Our businesses depend on it
According to 71% of all members of the Confederation of British Influence (CBI), and 67 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the EU has had an overall positive impact on their business.
7/7 7. We have greater influence
Robin Niblett, Director of think-tank Chatham House, stated in a report published last year: “For a mid-sized country like the UK, which will never again be economically dominant either globally or regionally, and whose diplomatic and military resources are declining in relative terms, being a major player in a strong regional institution can offer a critical lever for international influence.
A referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU will be held on 23 June, with recent polls giving a narrow lead to the in campaign.
The announcement comes after bosses of 36 of the largest companies in Britain, including budget airline easyJet, defence contractor BAE Systems and oil group Shell, signed a letter urging voters to remain in the EU last month.
Vote Leave have announced that its business council would be chaired by John Longworth, who resigned his role as director general of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Suzanne Evans, who recently joined the board of Vote Leave, was suspended from UKIP earlier this month.Reuse content