After the historic Brexit vote, billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson launched a new Remainer campaign, insisting that the UK would eventually rejoin the EU in the next ten years.
Sir Richard Branson has been working for nearly two decades to travel beyond Earth, and he has dreamed of the feat for much longer. His Virgin Galactic offshoot has long desired to transport paying passengers to and from the edge of space.
On Sunday, he did just that, beating out fellow entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, who will launch his own service this week, to the finish line.
Sir Richard tweeted shortly after the flight, along with a photo of himself in zero gravity, “Welcome to the dawn of a new space age.”
While Sir Richard Branson has built an empire with his ‘Virgin’ brand over the years, the businessman received more attention during the Brexit campaign and in the aftermath of the vote.
Sir Richard, a stalwart of the Remain campaign, has repeatedly warned that Britain will dwindle if it leaves the EU. The self-made billionaire stated that he was willing to bet that the tide would eventually turn and the UK would rejoin the EU within the next ten years.
This, Sir Richard said, would be done without requiring a second referendum.
In 2017, he told the South China Morning Post, “I would be willing to forecast that if they continue without allowing a second referendum, Britain will be back in the European Union within ten years.”
“A lot of people my age will have died out and young people will overwhelmingly realise what a mistake was made and they will vote to join the European Union again. It is just sad to see the damage that is going to be done in the meantime.”
Sir Richard also warned that Virgin would withdraw its investment in the UK following Brexit. According to him, “Pumping money into a country that was harming itself, he said, doesn’t make sense.
“It doesn’t make sense to invest in a country that is going to self-destruct, and there are plenty of other opportunities around the world. We’ll carry on investing in the UK but we won’t be investing as much if Brexit goes ahead.”
He claimed that his companies, ranging from airlines to health and financial services, had lost about a third of their value in the year following Brexit.
Last year, a Virgin Group spokesperson stated, “Virgin Group has continued to invest significantly in its businesses in the UK and around the world since 2015.
“Investments in the UK include £75million into Virgin Care, money which has gone directly towards supporting front line NHS services, paying the salaries of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals.
“Not a penny of profit has ever been taken from the NHS, nor will it ever be. Significant support has also been given to Virgin StartUp; which is a not-for-profit supporting more than 3,000 entrepreneurs in starting and scaling their businesses.
“In addition, Virgin Group has committed $250million (£180m) to help Virgin businesses and protect jobs under threat from the global pandemic – a large proportion of this will be invested into UK companies such as Virgin Atlantic.”