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17 September 2015

EurActiv: Half of British small businesses would vote to stay in EU

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Almost half (47%) of British small business owners would vote to stay in the European Union if the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the bloc was held today, according to a survey by the FSB.

40.9% of those surveyed said they would vote “No”, with 10.7% undecided in a poll of 6,263 of the Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) 200,000 members.

Of those owners who would vote “Yes”, over a third (34.7%) wanted to see the transfer of EU powers back to Britain.

That could be read as support for Prime Minister David Cameron’s push for EU reform, which he has made a condition of his support for Yes. 21.4% said they would like to see other reforms, with 12.9% calling for further integration with the EU.

Business for Britain argues that the UK must vote No, if the EU does not reform. Campaign director Robert Oxley said, "This survey shows clearly that business opinion is divided over whether the UK should stay in the EU.

“Significantly, a majority of businesses are unhappy with the EU status quo and want to see the UK take control back from the EU. This seems increasingly unlikely under the current renegotiation process.”

Full survey 

Full article on EurActiv



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