By Jonathan Davies

One of Tata Group's most senior executives has called for the UK to remain part of the EU.

The Indian firm's executive council member Nirmalya Kumar told the BBC that the single market provided by the UK's membership with the EU makes international trade much easier.

"The fact [is] that for our British operations being part of the EU makes it easier for them to have market access and many of our investments in the past have been based on that understanding," he said.

"Having said that, it is for the British government and the British people to decide what they want to do. We as [a] business focus on what we can control, which is our strategy, our ability to deliver globally."

Tata's UK businesses include Tata Steel, Jaguar Land Rover and Tetley Teta, which employ a combined 65,000 and generate revenues of £25 billion.

Mr Kumar said: "it is easier to export stuff out of here, you don't have to do the paperwork as much, you don't have any import duties.

"That is the reason, it is not rocket science."

"Britain has always been for Indians a relatively easy place to do business," he said. "We speak the language, we have historical links, we have known British people all our lives."

He also said that the UK could do a lot more to boost trade with India. The Tata executive said: "I think there is a lot more we can do to connect to the growth engine of India and it will be good for our people in the UK and it will be good for our businesses in the UK, it will be good for everybody."