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CBI Poll - 8 out of 10 businesses would vote to stay in EU

Commenting on the CBI/YOUGOV survey that 8 out of 10 firms say the UK must stay in the EU, South East MEP Catherine Bearder said:

key_dannyexit.png"It's welcome news that businesses, both large and small, are speaking out about the importance of EU membership for growth and jobs in the UK.

"As the party of IN, Liberal Democrats are convinced that Britain's future prosperity and influence in the world depends on us playing an active and constructive role in Europe.

"Sniping from the sidelines is not going to help British business or deliver the kind of job-boosting reforms we need."

Catherine Bearder has just completed a summer roadshow across the South East, highlighting the number of jobs that depend on a strong trading relationship with the EU.

She added: "Understand the potential impact leaving the EU would have. It would be felt in every city, town and village across the South East.

"So many of our businesses have benefitted from an ability to trade freely with other member states.

"Right now in my region, hundreds of thousands of jobs rely on a strong relationship with the EU, with the UK key to decisions affecting our economy."

1) The estimated number of jobs that depend on a strong trading relationship with the EU can be viewed at http://www.europarl.org.uk/resource/static/files/ukjobs.pdf

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