Microsoft and a number of other technology companies have confirmed that they want the UK to stay in Europe.
People in the UK will vote next month to either remain as part of Europe or to leave the EU and a number of tech companies have come out to support the campaign to stay.
We have a long history here. It’s where we opened our first international office in 1982 and we have been investing in the UK ever since. We have more than 5,000 highly qualified people working in fields including support, marketing, gaming, communications, cybersecurity and computer science research. We’ve built a global centre of excellence for the development of artificial intelligence and other computing disciplines. We’ve also worked in partnership with innovators, entrepreneurs and people with a passion for technology to help to create a thriving partner network of around 25,000 British businesses.
Historically, the UK being part of the EU has been one of several important criteria that make it one of the most attractive places in Europe for the range of investments we have made. At key moments in our international growth we have specifically chosen to invest in our capabilities here in the UK. Most recently, we announced that we would start offering cloud services this year from new UK-based data centres. And as we’ve grown, so too have the UK technology businesses we work with.
As well as Microsoft and other technology companies, many businesses in the UK are also pushing for the country to remain in Europe, the vote to stay or leave Europe takes place next month.