Jacqueline Gold, chief executive of Ann Summers, Asos.com chairman Brian McBride and designer Anya Hindmarch are among 1,300 business leaders who have signed a letter urging people to vote remain ahead of today’s historic EU Referendum.
The letter, published in The Times, warns of the dangers to British business and commerce if the public votes to leave the EU.
A section of the letter reads: “Britain leaving the EU would mean uncertainty for our firms, less trade with Europe and fewer jobs. EU membership is good for business and good for British jobs.”
A poll by the British Fashion Council last week suggested 90% of the 290 businesses polled favour staying in the EU, while at London Collections Men a number of top designers, including Christopher Raeburn and Patrick Grant, also expressed a desire for the UK to remain in the European Union.
One big name in the fashion world who has backed the Brexit campaign is Italian designer Stefano Gabbana.
Speaking at London’s Vogue Festival in May, he said: “It’s a dangerous answer for me but I think everyone should be free. I am Italian and I am proud to be Italian. I don’t want to be French and I’m sure the French don’t want to be German. Everyone should be free.”
Ahead of the polls opening today the Remain side led by around 50.5% to 49.5% in the average poll of polls.