The EU Referendum: What Could it Mean for British Businesses?

21st April 2016

The EU referendum is just nine weeks away and evidence suggests Britain remains evenly divided. A poll carried out by ORB at the start of April found that 51% of Britons planned to vote to remain within the EU, with 44% of voters favouring Brexit. A separate Opinium poll saw it differently – it found 43% of people want to leave the EU, against 39% wanting to stay in.

Upon announcing the referendum in February, Prime Minister David Cameron called it “one of the biggest decisions this country will face in our lifetimes”. Despite its importance, many people remain in the dark about which way to vote, including those in the private sector. A survey by the Federation of Small Businesses earlier this year found that 42% of SMEs did not know which side they favoured, while 38% cited the need for more detail on the administrative burden of complying with EU regulation and 33% argued for the need for more detail on the cost of EU membership.

To help address the fact that large sections of the private sector do not feel they are adequately informed to make their choice, IW Capital has created a new report – The EU Referendum: What Could it Mean for British Businesses. This impartial document reviews the main issues that will likely sway the vote of Britain’s business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors on Thursday 23 June 2016.

The EU referendum guide offers valuable insight into:

  • The key facts about the history of the EU
  • Britain’s access to the EU’s Single Market
  • Red tape and regulation in the EU
  • Funding provided by foreign investors
  • How EU membership will affect the future of the EIS


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