North East business backs EU membership

20 February 2015

A survey by the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) has revealed that business in the North East is in favour of being members of the European Union (EU). Although there are calls for EU reform, business overwhelmingly believes that leaving the EU would be negative for them and for the North East. 

The majority of businesses believe that leaving the EU would be negative overall (58%). When asked about a reformed European Union businesses back reform of the EU with powers returned to the UK.  

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP said "It's encouraging to see support for the EU amongst businesses and when I speak to them they stress the benefit of having one set of rules covering 28 countries. That means less red tape not more. However, there is a clear call for reform of the EU from business and as an MEP I agree that Europe needs to change. We're up for having that discussion and seeing what we can achieve. Britain is an influential member of the EU and if we engage then we can achieve a better deal than if we stand on the sidelines."

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