Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, said he hopes MPs will change their mind at the last minute and revert  

Speaking to Bloomberg, Mr Branson said he is concerned Brexit will be a disaster for both the UK and Europe. 

He said: “I’ve been an open book as far as Brexit is concerned. I thought it was a disaster for the UK, very sad for Europe.

“I think the facts are now beginning to be very very clear what a disaster Brexit is going to be.

“Sadly it’s the very people who voted for Brexit out in the rural areas of Britain that the latest research shows are going to be the hardest hit by Brexit. 

“I’m still hopeful when all the facts are on the table in front of the House of Commons and people realise just how damaging it’s going to be for Great Britain that Britain does what Ireland did and they change their mind at the last minute.”

One year after the referendum vote an poll revealed the majority of voters still believed Brexit was the right decision. 

A total of 60 per cent of people said they would vote for Brexit again compared to the 52 per cent who voted in the June 2016 Referendum. 

Subsequently, in January 2018, a YouGov poll found that 45 per cent of Britons believed they would still vote the leave the EU compared to the 43 per cent who believed Brexit was a wrong move. 

Teesside, in the North East of England, which voted overwhelmingly to Leave the EU, could become Britain’s biggest trading hub after Brexit if it was made into a free port. 

Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute said: “The South Tees development site is an area seven times the City of London.

“That whole area could fall within that free port. So you can get a lot of processing and assembly and manufacture all happening in this free port space.” 

The free port would be the first in the UK and has the potential to create thousands of new jobs. 

Daily Express


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