The entire staff of 15,000 employees have received a letter from Airbus bosses to explain why they hope Britain remains in the European Union.

The Brexit referendum takes place on June 23 which has prompted the company to send a letter to its 6,000 strong workforce at Broughton.

In the letter, management say they believe it makes "good economic sense" for Airbus that the UK remains part of the EU.

This follows earlier comments from Airbus supporting a vote to stay part of the European Union.

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The letter does not directly tell employees how they should vote but clarifies the company's position.

The letter from Airbus in full:

"The Prime Minister has called a June referendum on the future of the UK in Europe – BREXIT as it has become known - do we stay in the European Union or do we leave?

Airbus Group has come out strongly in favour of the UK staying in the EU. As a successful international company with a strong European heritage we are proud that much of the world flies on British-built wings.

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We are proud to be the biggest commercial aerospace company in the UK; Britain’s leading space and satellite company; the biggest supplier of large aircraft to the RAF; a bastion of our nation’s cyber defence;

Britain’s civil helicopter hub; a massive investor in R&D and a leading employer of highly qualified technicians, engineers and scientists.

Why do we mention all these achievements?

Because Airbus Group’s success in the UK is predicated on a highly competitive, integrated European business model.

Our position, which probably does not come as a great surprise to you, is we firmly believe that it makes good economic sense to stay inside the EU which has helped make the company the global success story it is today.

Apart from anything else, we simply don’t know what ‘out’ looks like.

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As has been stressed publicly by our top management, this is an entirely UK issue – it is up to the British people to debate and make up their own minds as to whether or not they wish to stay in the EU.

However it is also reasonable for us as a responsible UK leadership team to explain to you why we think it is important for us to stay.

Should the British electorate have a different view then clearly we wouldn’t cease our activities in the UK, which are highly important and very prominent.

However, our business model is entirely based on our ability to move products, people and ideas around Europe without any restriction and we do not believe leaving will increase the competitiveness of our British based operations.

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We all need to keep in the back of our minds that future investments depend very much on the economic environment in which the company operates.

In fact we believe that the UK remaining active in reforming the EU can improve our position, and as a commercial business that operates in a globally competitive environment we need to maintain every competitive advantage in the UK we have.

Whilst we hope the UK will choose to retain its EU membership, the final important point to make is that Airbus Group remains fully committed to its operations in the UK and to its employees here."