Monday 26 September 2016

Ibec begs Britons to shun departure in airport campaign

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Kevin Toland, chief executive of the Dublin Airport Authority, and Danny McCoy, ceo of Ibec, launch the poster campaign. Photo: Gary O’Neill
Kevin Toland, chief executive of the Dublin Airport Authority, and Danny McCoy, ceo of Ibec, launch the poster campaign. Photo: Gary O’Neill

Business body Ibec has launched a poster campaign at Dublin Airport to encourage travellers from the United Kingdom to vote to remain in the EU.

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The media campaign, which will run right up to the vote on June 23, is targeted at voters in Britain with Irish family and business connections.

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said deep political, cultural, geographic and commercial ties mean Ireland has a lot to lose if the UK votes to leave.

"Not only will the UK economy suffer, Ireland will also be very badly affected. The UK's EU membership is of key strategic importance to Ireland and Irish business. We have been close allies in Europe across a wide range of areas and we are stronger when we work together. An EU without the UK would be a lesser Union."

"A UK exit would send Ireland, Britain and Europe into uncharted and treacherous waters."

Mr McCoy said a UK exit would be a blow to the Irish economy and result in a protracted period of uncertainty. "It would undermine Europe's ability to act collectively and decisively in the world and would push the EU back into a damaging period of crisis management, at a time when it should be looking to the future."

Irish Independent

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