EU referendum: business views on both sides examined
24 May 2016
The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee hears from business and industry groups, and think tanks and researchers on the business cases being put forward on both sides of the EU referendum debate.
- Watch Parliament TV: Business views on EU Referendum
- Inquiry: Business views on EU Referendum
- Business, Innovation and Skills Committee
Tuesday 24 May 2016, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
At 9.30am: Think tanks and researchers
- Professor Brad MacKay, University of St Andrews
- Raoul Ruparel, Open Europe
At 10.30am: Business groups and trade unions
- Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary, TUC
- Josh Hardie, Deputy Director General, CBI
- Mike Spicer, Director of Research, BCC
- Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF
Purpose of session
The session focuses on the business factors shaping decisions on the referendum and the range of scenarios in the event of the UK voting to leave the European Union.
BIS Committee chair Iain Wright said:
"Business reasons have been cited on both sides of the EU debate, from the costs and benefits of membership such as complying with regulation, access to skills and labour through the free movement of people, and the effect being in the single market has on attracting Foreign Direct Investment.
The Business Committee will use these two sessions to test the basis of these arguments and help the British public make a better informed decision on 23 June."