BUSINESS owners in the region have joined in the debate about whether Britain should leave the EU.
The latest Close Brothers Business Barometer has shown that 48 per cent of SME owner/managers in the south east believe that the UK should leave it.
Of these respondents, 54 per cent feel that struggling European countries threaten to bring the UK down with them and a further 25 per cent simply stated that our economy would be better off if we were to leave the EU.
Mike Randall, chief executive of Close Brothers Asset Finance, said: ‘Business owners seem to be questioning how much the EU really costs the UK.
‘It’s not just how much we currently contribute to the budget that is worrying – it was approximately £12bn in 2012 – but also how much they’re asking us to contribute over the next two years, a total rise of five per cent.’