1. ITV Report

JCB chairman sends letter to staff backing Brexit

Lord Bamford at the JCB factory in Staffordshire Photo: PA

The Chairman of Staffordshire digger maker JCB has written to all staff saying he's backing Brexit.

The businessman says he supported joining the Common Market but did not back it turning into a political union.

Stating that more than half of Britain's trade is with non-EU countries, Lord Bamford warns that the EU has a shrinking share of world trade.

General view of JCB's factory in Rocester, Staffordshire Credit: PA

The JCB chairman told workers it was up to them how they voted, but they should vote one way or the other in the referendum.

No one can be certain of the outcome. One thing I am certain of is this: JCB will continue to trade with Europe irrespective of whether we remain or leave the EU.

JCB was selling into Europe long before the UK joined the Common Market in 1973, and it will remain an important market for JCB.

– Lord Bamford