- Title: Second Brexit referendum would keep Britain in EU - Virgin's Branson
- Date: 23rd October 2019
- Summary: BEN GURION AIRPORT, ISRAEL (OCTOBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** BRITISH BILLIONAIRE AND FOUNDER OF VIRGIN GROUP RICHARD BRANSON KISSING THE GROUND AT ISRAEL'S AIRPORT AFTER A FEMALE REPORTER TOLD HIM IT WAS A TRADITION BRANSON POSING FOR MEDIA BRANSON AND VIRGIN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) SHAI WEISS HOLDING A MODEL PLANE VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRPLANE APPROACHING FOR LANDING PLANE DRIVING ON GROUND LOGO ON PLANE BRANSON AND WEISS TAKING STAGE FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH BILLIONAIRE AND FOUNDER OF VIRGIN GROUP, RICHARD BRANSON, SAYING: "Yeah, it's the saddest thing that has happened to our country and to Europe, I would say since Second World War. And, it has done enormous damage to companies, to jobs, to people's ... the money they've got in their pockets. And, if there is a second referendum -- if you look at all the polls it looks like people realise they were misled and they would vote conclusively to stay in Europe. And, I would certainly recommend that's how they should vote." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH BILLIONAIRE AND FOUNDER OF VIRGIN GROUP, RICHARD BRANSON, SAYING: "If that happened, we would see the pound roaring back up, we would see trade trying to get back to the levels it was before the last referendum, and it would be happier days all around I believe." BRANSON DURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH BILLIONAIRE AND FOUNDER OF VIRGIN GROUP, RICHARD BRANSON, SAYING: "(Next year) should be a very, very, very exciting year for Virgin Galactic and perhaps for myself, and the start of a whole new era of space travel." REPORTER RECORDING NEWS CONFERENCE ON SMARTPHONE NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE)(English) VIRGIN ATLANTIC CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) SHAI WEISS, SAYING: "And there is more to come: watch our space in terms of what we will announce following the demise of an iconic British brand Thomas Cook. So growth - we're back." BRANSON AND WEISS LEAVING STAGE
- Embargoed: 6th November 2019 18:34
- Keywords: Brexit Virgin Atlantic Charles Branson London-Tel Aviv route Virgin Galactic
- Location: BEN GURION AIRPORT, ISRAEL
- City: BEN GURION AIRPORT, ISRAEL
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA001B2BKM6F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: British billionaire Richard Branson backed a second Brexit referendum on Wednesday (October 23) in the belief that Britons would reverse a decision to leave the European Union.
A second referendum could be possible if Prime Minister Boris Johnson fails to win support for his new Brexit divorce deal.
Brexit "has done enormous damage" to companies and private people, Branson told a news conference at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv.
Meeting with reporters just as he walked out of his plane to inaugurate a new London-Tel Aviv route, Branson kneeled and kissed the ground after he was told by a female reporter that it was a tradition for those arriving in Israel.
On the Tel Aviv route, Virgin will compete against BA, Israel's El Al <ELAL.TA>, WizzAir <WIZZ.L> and EasyJet <EZJ.L>.
(Production: Rami Amichay, Lianne Back)
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