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Tech chiefs urge for Brexit calm: ‘whichever way you voted, now is the time to lean in’


By John McCarthy, Opinion editor

June 28, 2016 | 2 min read

A coalition of technology chiefs and investors have called for calm in wake of the post-Brexit slump claiming it is time for forward thinking in the UK despite the result.

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Baroness Martha Lane-Fox

A letter penned by the group for the London Evening Standard claimed that tech entrepreneurs should “look forward, not backwards” and to remember that the UK “will never stop being a competitive, entrepreneurial and dynamic place to innovate and create jobs”.

“The real risk today is that the warnings of economic decline and predictions of a diminished role for Britain in the world become self-fulfilling, which would be a tragedy for the country, and would have a deeply negative impact on people’s jobs and livelihoods.

“Whichever way you voted, now is the time to lean in — and as entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders, that’s what we’ll all be doing in the days, months and years ahead.”

Signatories include Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, Ed Wray, Betfair, Bruce Daisley, MD of Twitter UK, Rohan Silva, former tech adviser to David Cameron, and Gerard Grech, chief executive of UK tech group Tech City.

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