Britain in Europe tells staff to find alternative work

Pro-euro campaigning group Britain in Europe (BiE) is encouraging its staff to quit as the Government looks increasingly unlikely to call for a referendum on UK membership of the single currency in this parliament.

The group, which is funded by voluntary donations, is conducting an internal review that is likely to recommend a stripping of its cost base as funding dries up.The results will be released before the end of September.

A source at the group said staff are now being encouraged to look elsewhere for work. Staff departures in the past two weeks have included head of research and media Jessica Bawden, and head of logistics Diane Fisher.

BiE campaign director Simon Buckby, who is widely expected to resign, said: ‘Before I make a formal announcement I want to ensure that Britain in Europe is on a solid financial footing and has a new strategy appropriate to the period since [Gordon Brown’s] five economic tests were assessed negatively.’

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