Businesses call for a renegotiation of UK’s relationship with the European Union

MOST leading London businesspeople want Britain to seek a new relationship with the EU, according to a poll commissioned by City A.M.

More than 55 per cent of managers with key purchasing influence said they want Britain to seek a looser relationship with Brussels or quit the organisation altogether.

Two-fifths of respondents want Britain to follow the lead of Norway and Switzerland by leaving the 27-member bloc and then negotiating a free trade agreement with Brussels.

“No one should be surprised by the results of this poll,” said a spokesman for Business for Britain, the group representing over 500 business leaders campaigning for a renegotiated deal with the EU.

“British businesses have had enough of the EU’s torrent of anti-enterprise and anti-competitive measures. All business people who desire a looser relationship with Brussels should join us and help us make the case for that better deal.”

Just 45 per cent of businesspeople want to maintain the status quo, according to the survey of 702 businesspeople by market researcher Canadean.

The only income group that backed Britain’s continued membership of the EU was people earning more than £250,000 a year.