Former HSBC Holdings Plc Chief Executive Officer Michael Geoghegan is among 250 business leaders backing the push for the U.K. to leave the European Union.
Geoghegan was CEO of HSBC from 2006 until 2010 and his support for â€œBrexitâ€ stands in contrast to the bankâ€™s current management, which warns it will send 1,000 staff to Paris from London if voters side with withdrawal in the June 23
Others on the list released on Saturday by the Vote Leave group were John Moulton, chairman of Better Capital LLP; Tim Martin, chairman of U.K. pub operator JD Wetherspoon Plc; and David Ross, founder of Carphone Warehouse Group Plc.
â€œWith our growing list of business supporters, Vote Leave will make that case that whilst the EU may be good for big multinationals, for smaller businesses it acts as a job destruction regulatory machine,â€ said Matthew Elliott, CEO of the group. â€œJobs, wages and the economy will thrive when we take back control.â€
The group also announced John Longworth will chair itâ€™s business advisory council after resigning as director general of the British Chambers of Commerce for breaking with its membership on â€œBrexit.â€