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SME vote still split on Brexit

Another day, another survey on business sentiment surrounding the EU referendum. Today a new Guradian poll has the SME vote evenly split between leave and remain.

The survey asked the owners of more than 500 companies with fewer than 250 employees, and the results gave the Remain camp a barely visible lead of one per cent, with the results 38 to 37 per cent,

To illustrate that, in May the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) issued its final survey of members that gave a  54 per cent majority to the Remain vote.

In April, former BCC director general John Longworth, who resigned from his role earlier this year to speak openly in the referendum debate, wrote “Multinational corporations, which represent only around five per cent of the businesses in Britain, are short-termist and narrowly focused.”

  • Lawrence Riley

    The more the German chancellor threatens the UK the more I am realising that they have a lot more to loose than we do, so along with Cameron’s comments I am starting to lean more towards leave.

  • Zip Cosmic

    I work in the City of London providing finance to SME’s and every single financial professional I know is voting to leave and I will list below the reasons given at the many debates I have attended.

    The unelected and unaudited European Council and the European Commission write our laws for the elected European Parliament to approve. Our elected European MEP representatives do not draft laws, they just approve or disapprove and send back for amendment.

    The triumvirate of the Council, Commission and Parliament are too corrupt and self serving to be reformed from within.

    Britain has its small vote among the twenty eight members of the European Union. The interest and priorities of our MEP’s are very different to the large bloc of heavily indebted, anti-austeriry EU nations.

    Britain is the fifth largest economy in the world; everyone will trade with us, especially the Commonwealth. Britain will continue to help and accept refugees and asylum seekers as we have always done. This IN/OUT EU referendum is about so much more than uncontrolled immigration, although Britain does have an acute housing shortage.

    The way that Cameron and Osborne portray Britain as unable to stand on its own in the world outside the EU is insulting. It is in Merkel and Obama’s interest for us to remain, but not ours.

    The Eurozone economy is a negative interest rate disaster, whereas Britain is actually doing OK, specifically because we are not part of the Euro. Britain has a long history of being at the vanguard of saving Europe from itself and now is one of those times.

    Fortune favours the brave: The governing structure of the EU is irrevocably and indefensibly flawed and cannot and will not be fixed by the self-serving people in.control.

    We have to leave the EU – it will be a liberation, not a disaster.

  • Richard John Francis

    Key for me is not to look just at the short-term past history and the short term economic future, but how closely today’s modern 3-part European Parliamentary system allies itself with the original vision penned out by Jean Monnet. The best analogy I could think of (as an environmental business) was Le Corbusier. He imagined in 1922 ‘Ville Contemporaine’ wonderful garden cities in the sky where society would be transformed into modern 20th century Utopia. What happened? In 1968 Ronan Point collapsed. A badly constructed high rise block cheaply whacked up to house East London’s slum clearance refugees – killing 5 in the process (more would have died if they hadn’t all been at work). That is the problem with great visions. Along the way they get hijacked by the corrupt and corruptible. Love him or hate him – remember what Tony Benn famously said about the 5 rules of power – ending with the most important – if there is no mechanism to remove those in power – don’t give them it. Wise words…