Cambridgeshire businesses respond to EU snap poll

Tuesday 10 May 2016

The Chamber has released the results of a snap poll, conducted over the last five days, asking businesses how they would vote if the EU referendum was held tomorrow.

63% indicated they would vote to remain in the EU, 27% said they would vote to leave and 10% were undecided.

The results have been released on the same day as a national poll, conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce, which showed that 54.1% would vote to stay in the European Union and 37% would vote to leave. The national survey of 2,231 businesses took place between 5-14 April 2016.

John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, said: “Successful businesses operate on facts, figures and forecasts, and to date all of these seem to be noticeably absent from both campaigns. The message from our members is that the lack of information and informed debate is preventing voters from shaping their own views. Right now many feel that they simply don’t know what they’re voting for and are becoming disillusioned by the increasingly futile Punch and Judy show being played out by politicians in the media.

“There is little doubt that the debate is already starting to have a stifling effect on certain sectors of the economy, as anecdotally we are increasingly hearing of investment plans being put on hold until the future becomes clearer. This will inevitably have an adverse effect on business growth and what politicians must now do is raise the bar and create the informed debate the public needs to make its decision on 23 June.”

In a previous survey, conducted by Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce between 22 February-14 March, 193 businesspeople answered the same question. 56% indicated they would vote to remain in the EU, 20% said they would vote to leave and 24% were undecided.

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