March 15 ,2016 | by Erin O’Neill

UK tech entrepreneurs want Britain to stay in EU, shows survey

UK tech entrepreneurs want Britain to stay in EU

The majority of the UK’s tech entrepreneurs want Britain to stay in the EU, according to a survey by techUK. Over 250 tech business owners were surveyed, with 70 per cent stating that they were against a Brexit because EU membership is good for business.

Just 15 per cent of tech business owners said that they wanted Britain to exit the EU, whilst 15 per cent said that they were undecided.

The 70 per cent of business owners who do want Britain to remain in the EU said that doing so would make the UK more attractive to investors and that a Brexit would be more risky for their business.

Disadvantage

The survey also found that the majority of tech business leaders who are against Britain remaining in the EU agreed that EU membership was good for business, despite stating that they would vote to leave it.

techUK CEO Julian David commented on the findings, stating: “Most of these companies, large and small, have customers and or suppliers across the EU. They are saying they will still have to comply with EU rules, whatever the UK decides on 23 June. A British exit would mean the UK giving up control over how those rules are set. That could put UK businesses at a real disadvantage.”

Flexibility

The research comes after it was revealed earlier this month that 200 small company owners have signed a letter urging Britons to vote for an exit from the EU.

The owners of the small companies stated that they wanted people in Britain to vote for a Brexit because they believe EU membership is holding them back and that “flexibility and adaptability are key to our long term success."

Erin O’Neill

Erin O’Neill is an LSBF News Writer who reports on small business, careers, technology and education news.

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