UK business owners have claimed that concerns about exporting to the EU will not factor in when it comes to voting on the referendum on the 23 June.
A survey of small business owners by Sage found that 43% do not export to the EU and have no plans to do so, and 25% claimed they believe there would be no impact to their ability to trade with the EU in the event of a Brexit. Only 4% of respondents said they think there would be a significant impact.
Almost a third (30%) of respondents say they’re undecided on whether they’ll vote to stay or remain in the EU, and over half (56%) say it’s the facts that will have the biggest impact on their decision. 38% confirm they want to stay in the European Union, with 31% feeling Britain would be better off out. However, 17% of those surveyed say they’ll place their vote based on gut instinct.
“The true impact of a Brexit on UK exports has been a hotly contested topic with both sides of the in/out divide in disagreement when it comes to assessing the commercial value of Britain’s relationship with Europe”, said Sage Europe president Brendan Flattery. “Today’s survey results demonstrate that for Small & Medium Businesses – which make up more than two-thirds of new jobs, representing an enormous proportion of the UK population – this is not a serious matter for concern.”