Majority of UK businesses want referendum on EU membership

THE VAST majority of British businesses want an in/out vote on the UK’s membership of the EU, according to research released today.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) surveyed 4,000 firms and found 77 per cent are in favour of holding a vote on a new deal with Brussels.

Most businesses said they ultimately want to remain within a 28-member bloc but only if certain specific powers have been returned from Europe to Westminster.

“For the quiet majority of companies, the status quo is not an option,” said BCC director general John Longworth.

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the pro-reform Business for Britain lobby group, said: “It is fantastic to see further evidence that business people in Britain want to have their say on the EU. It would be wrong of anyone to characterise British business as being content with the current relationship with Brussels.”