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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. 


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.

Chair's comment

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."

Further information

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