UK Manufacturers in favour of EU membership

Posted on 1 Oct 2014 by Victoria Fitzgerald

UK manufacturers are keen to remain part of the European Union according to an EEF survey.

The report revealed that 85% of the 160 firms that took part in the survey would vote to stay in the EU, with 7% preferring to leave the union.

Businesses employing more than 250 people were more enthusiastic about staying in Europe, with 90% voting to retaining EU membership.

EEF, which represents over 6,000 companies, conducted the survey in August.

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

Commenting, EEF chief executive, Terry Scuoler, said:

“Despite the continued challenges faced by the Eurozone, manufacturers remain overwhelmingly of the view that our economic wellbeing is inextricably linked to the EU and, we must stay in membership.

“It makes no sense to disengage from our major market. We can achieve reform by being an active member. It remains fanciful to think we can just pull up the drawbridge and walk away with no consequences.”