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高盛CEO呼吁英国就脱欧一事再次公投

Geoffrey Smith 2017年11月21日

为了让英国留在欧盟,布兰克费恩也是操碎了心。他甚至还呼吁英国举行第二次公投,以“确认”英国人是不是真的想脱离欧盟。

近日在赴伦敦参加一次客户活动期间,高盛CEO劳埃德·布兰克费恩在推特上写道:“在英国,很多CEO都对脱欧一事感到绝望。”

“我感觉脱欧是一条充满艰难险阻的路。对于一个这样重大和不可逆的决定,很多人都希望再进行一次确认性质的公投。既然存在这么大的风险,为什么不确认一下大家对此事的共识呢?”

我们现在还不清楚他说的“确认性质的公投”是什么意思。高盛在伦敦的一位发言人拒绝对此进一步评论和解释。

英国脱欧部的一位发言人表示,英国不会进行第二次脱欧公投。

自从脱欧公投以来,反对英国脱欧者一直不乏其人,比如法国总统马克龙、英国前首相布莱尔、亿万富翁索罗斯等人都建议英国改变主意,否则将给英国经济带来灾难性的后果。

一个支持“硬脱欧”的活动团体“脱欧就是脱欧”(Leave Means Leave)的联合主席理查德·泰斯表示:“显然高盛CEO认为,所谓的民主就是要符合少数几个CEO的看法。他的言论恰恰表明他有多么不了解普通老百姓的忧虑。”

布兰克费恩玩推特的时间并不长。上个月他在推特上表示,他打算多花些时间待在法兰克福。这番话一出来,又引发了不少新的推测。

2016年,为了让英国留在欧盟,高盛公司还捐赠了6位数的政治捐款。

英国目前是高盛欧洲业务的总部所在地,高盛在这里拥有大约6,000名雇员。不过英国脱欧之后,高盛的伦敦业务部能否继续服务欧盟客户已经成了未知数,甚至连它进入欧盟单一市场的能力也必然会因此受限。

最近,高盛已经同意在法兰克福租用办公场所,其空间足够容纳1000名员工在这里办工。

另外,高盛还在伦敦建设了一栋占地110万平方英尺的办公楼,预计2019年正式启用。布兰克费恩也在推特上表示,它希望这些新的欧洲总部能够尽快启用。

在前几个月访问欧洲各大城市期间,布兰克费恩也在巴黎赞扬了法国领导有力的政府和当地的美食。(财富中文网)

译者:严匡正 

“Here in UK, lots of hand-wringing from CEOs over #Brexit,” Blankfein wrote on Twitter while in London for a client event.

“Better sense of the tough and risky road ahead. Reluctant to say, but many wish for a confirming vote on a decision so monumental and irreversible. So much at stake, why not make sure consensus still there?”

It was not immediately clear what he meant by a “confirming vote.” A Goldman Sachs spokesman in London declined to comment or elaborate further.

A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said there would be no second referendum.

Ever since the vote, opponents of Britain’s exit – from French President Emmanuel Macron, to former British prime minister Tony Blair and billionaire investor George Soros – have suggested Britain could change its mind and avoid what they say will be disastrous consequences for the British economy.

“Clearly the Goldman CEO only believes in democracy when it goes along with the views of a few CEOs. His comments show how out of touch he is with the concerns of ordinary people,” said Richard Tice, co-chair of the Leave Means Leave campaign group, which is pushing for a so-called ‘hard Brexit.’

Blankfein, a relative newcomer to Twitter, sparked a wave of speculation last month when he tweeted that he was planning to spend a lot more time in Frankfurt.

Goldman Sachs donated a six-figure sum to the campaign to keep Britain inside the European Union in 2016.

Britain is currently home to most of the Wall Street bank’s European operations, where it has around 6,000 employees. But the firm needs to ensure it will still be able to serve clients in the EU once Britain leaves the bloc and may have limited access to the EU’s single market.

Goldman has agreed to lease office space at a new building in Frankfurt, giving it space for up to 1,000 staff.

The Wall Street bank is also building a 1.1 million square-foot office in London with initial occupancy slated for 2019, and Blankfein has also tweeted that he still expects to fill these new European headquarters.

In a tour of European cities in the past few months, Blankfein also praised France while in Paris for its strong government and good food.

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