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Tuesday 12 December 2017

George Osborne welcomes Ryanair's anti-Brexit stance as airline opens UK training centre

George Osborne
George Osborne
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has this morning welcomed Ryanair’s battle against Brexit.

Mr Osborne officially opened Ryanair’s new training centre, in Stansted, where the airline has installed four flight simulators that will train its pilots. The airline intends to create about 1,000 more jobs this year, as it swells its ranks of pilots, cabin crew and engineers.

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Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary called on UK voters to stay with the European Union in next month’s referendum. He said the type of investment the airline unveiled this morning would be lost to the UK if leaves the trading bloc.

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“It is exactly this type of investment that will be lost to other competitor EU members if the UK votes to leave the European Union,” he said. “We are calling on everyone to turn out in large numbers and vote “Remain” on the 23rd June. I am absolutely certain that the UK economy is better off in Europe”.

Mr Osborne said that British jobs and livelihoods benefit directly from being in the EU.

“As Ryanair recognise, we’re stronger, safer and better off in the European Union,” he said.

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