Builders trend towards Brexit in new survey
A survey by the National Federation of Builders (NFB) reveals more of its members want to leave the EU than remain.
The National Federation of Builders (NFB), the most representative trade federation in the construction industry, asked a panel of 100 members whether they would like the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union.
When asked if their business would benefit, 47% said their business would prosper more from being outside the EU, while 33% stated that remaining would be of greater benefit. Another 20% were undecided on this issue.
There was a slight shift in opinion when asked if the UK would benefit from being in or out of the EU. In this instance, 43% of respondents expressed a preference for leaving the EU versus 39% for staying in the EU. Undecided respondents accounted for 18%.
Excluding undecided respondents, 57% believed that their business would prosper if the UK left the EU against 43%. These numbers change slightly when asked whether the UK economy would benefit by remaining in the EU or leaving the EU. In this case, 55% said that leaving the EU would benefit the UK economy against 45% who argued the contrary.
Paul Bogle, the NFB's head of policy and research, said: "The NFB has a very broad membership that touches all areas of construction, including house building. Given impartial information, NFB members prove they can deliver local value while maintaining a global perspective."
The National Federation of Builders has been providing its members with weekly briefings on a wide range of EU issues, such as the prime minister’s renegotiation deal, the business benefits and costs of EU membership, free trade agreements, skills, immigration, and the impact of EU legislation on national law. These impartial documents are designed to support our members and help them make sense out of some of the inflammatory messages that the referendum debate has generated.
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