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Small companies divided over Britain's place in Europe

Company meeting - Deep divisions among Britain's smaller companies - SantanderCB

Research commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses has found deep divisions among Britain's smaller companies about the country's place in Europe, along with concerns over the lack of impartial information on the subject. Findings from 6,300 of the FSB's members nationwide suggest that while 47% would vote for the UK to remain a member of the EU, 41% would vote No, and 11% are undecided. Women were found to be more likely to vote for continued membership, as were exporters or importers from the EU, those who employ non-UK EU nationals or were based in London, Scotland or Northern Ireland. While over 40% of FSB members expect that withdrawing from the EU would have a 'very' or 'somewhat' damaging effect on their business, over a fifth think that remaining inside would be worse.


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