85% of UK manufacturers want to remain in EU

Manufacturers have given a strong vote of confidence in staying in the EU

Liz Mayes
Liz Mayes

The UK's manufacturers remain overwhelmingly in favour of staying in the EU, according to research published by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

The findings show that 85% of manufacturers would vote to remain within the EU and only 7% would vote to pull out.

The most positive support for staying in the EU comes from companies with more than 250 employees, where 90% would opt to stay in and not a single company would vote to come out.

The figures fall in line with the last poll EEF carried out in September 2013 and come in spite of continued economic problems within the Eurozone.

Liz Mayes, North East region director at EEF, said: “Despite continued problems in the Eurozone, manufacturers remain overwhelmingly positive that Britain’s economic wellbeing is inextricably linked to the EU.

“The clear and consistent message is that we must stay in the EU. It makes zero sense to disengage from our major market and it is fanciful to think we can just pull up the drawbridge and walk away with no economic consequences.”

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