Image: chrisdorney / Shutterstock.com” >ShutterstockIt might be thought, therefore, that business owners would be a shoe-in for a leave vote when it comes to putting an ‘X’ in the box at the upcoming EU referendum. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Entrepreneurs take calculated risks. Leaving the EU is a complete leap in the dark that we can’t subject our country, our economy and future generations of Brits to. Many business owners share the same view as do groups such as the CBI, which said the UK’s exit from the EU would cause a serious economic shock to the country back in March, and, more recently, the North of England-based Entrepreneurs’ Forum, which last week declared that it is supporting a Remain vote. At its recent conference, the organisation held a vote of business delegates, which revealed 72 per cent were in favour of remaining in the EU. This was up from 56 per cent in a poll it held in February. I’d suggest one of the reasons for this is because businesses just want to get on with things and the EU Referendum has forced them to hold their breath for an extended period. Decisions have been delayed, contracts deferred and investments paused. This considered mind-set can only be countered by getting some certainty back into the economy. Business hates uncertainty and a Brexit would see business confidence levels drop off the scale to depths never seen before. And it’s the great unknowns that are so dangerous for the economy and from such unknowns come one great big elephant-sized decade of instability-inspired uncertainty.
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