Kofi Annan and Tim Berners-Lee among latest experts urging voters to back Remain
Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, and the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, are the latest in a long line of internationally renowned experts to come out in favour of Britain staying in the EU in a major intervention today.
In a special edition of the New Statesman, guest-edited by Gordon Brown, they are joined by a wide range of leading global figures and academics explaining why they think Britain is better off in Europe, including Nobel-prize winning Indian economist Amartya Sen; British economic historian Emma Rothschild; and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
Kofi Annan emphasises that, despite its shortcomings, the EU has been a “triumph,” warning that in the modern world “no nation can afford to be too isolated.” Meanwhile Tim Berners Lee has said tech advances are much easier in the EU, stating that having common rules at a European level is “essential.”
Will Straw, Executive Director of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, commented:
“These interventions add to the overwhelming consensus amongst economic experts and world leaders that leaving Europe would damage Britain’s economy and influence in the world.
“The Leave campaign are asking voters to ignore all this advice and roll the dice on our children’s future.
“It’s clear that Britain is stronger, safer and better off in Europe than we would be out on our own.”