Powerful arguments presented by senior politicians at Business Forum Brexit debate sway ‘Don’t Knows’ to ‘Exit’

Powerful arguments presented by senior politicians at Business Forum Brexit debate sway ‘Don’t Knows’ to ‘Exit’

John Redwood MP (Vote Leave), Anneliese Dodds MEP (Remain) and Stewart Patterson (Business for Vote Leave) put forward powerful arguments at the Business Forum EU Referendum debate on 4th June that swayed the ‘Don’t Knows’ to ‘Exit’ by the end of the meeting.

Attended by over 60 leading business people from across the Thames Valley, the attendees voted on arrival and then again at the end of the meeting. The arguments presented by the panellists convinced many of those that were uncertain how to vote to change their views to Exit.

The Poll on arrival was

OUT – 34%
IN – 43%
Don’t Know – 23%

At the end of the meeting the vote was

OUT – 58%
IN – 37%
Don’t Know – 5%

The debate was chaired by Ross Wilson, IoD South Ambassador, who invited questions from the floor covering a wide range of business issues. These included:

  • jobs and employment including changes to employment law, the impact of EU migrants and their much needed skills, the minimum wage and possible increase in wage bills
  • the likelihood of a recession if Britain exited the EU and the impact on businesses
  • the future of the Euro and whether it is likely to fall apart following an exit and the impact on foreign exchange rates, debt levels in European counties and the banking crisis
  • whether the City would celebrate an Exit or view it as their funeral, how risky this would be to international markets, whether key businesses would move from the UK and whether regulation would become a nightmare post-Exit
  • the impact on the supply chain for businesses engaged in Europe, how easy it would be to set up new trade agreements or whether the cost is going to become prohibitive for businesses
  • the impact on the Thames Valley and whether they should support Brexit or not and whether major corporations should be telling their employees how to vote

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