The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, the U.K.'s largest listed company, has become the latest chief executive to wade in on the Scottish independence debate by saying he would like the region to remain part of the U.K..
Speaking at a private stakeholder reception, Ben van Beurden said Scotland's split from the U.K. would hinder economic competitiveness and investment stability.
Van Beurden also said he wanted Britons to vote to stay in the European Union, for similar reasons.
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"The chief reason we're in favor of the U.K. maintaining its long-established place at the heart of the European Union: it provides greater investment stability and certainty," said van Beurden
"It's for similar reasons that we'd like to see Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom," he said.
"Shell has a long history of involvement in the North Sea – and therefore in Scotland – and we have continued to invest heavily there," he added.
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