Campaigners in the EU Referendum are to be grilled by businesses at a Chamber of Commerce event. Members of West & North Yorkshire Chamber will meet on 28th April to hear both the business and political arguments, for and against the UK’s continued membership of the European Union. Polls are finely poised on the issue, although a British Chambers of Commerce survey conducted in February showed that 60% of firms favoured remaining in a reformed EU, although that figure varied depending on company size and whether or not they export. As a consequence the Chamber will be providing its members with data in advance of 23 June, although it is taking a neutral stance on the ultimate question.
Speakers at the event, to be hosted by Yorkshire Building Society, include Jon Moynihan of the Leave.EU group and MEP Timothy Kirkhope; the debate will be chaired by BBC Yorkshire’s political editor Len Tingle. The full speaker line-up will be revealed nearer the event, but the Chamber also has pledges from anti-EU MP Philip Davies while the Yorkshire’s chief economist Andrew McPhillips will provide stats and facts to help inform the audience.
Mark Goldstone, Head of Policy at West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said:
“The EU Referendum is probably this country’s most important policy decision for more than 40 years – since the last referendum, in fact. Opinion over continued membership is divided, however what many business leaders do share common ground on is the lack of clarity over the real facts and figures which will assist in making an educated and informed decision. The Chamber has opted to take a neutral position and will provide information through events like this to help business owners come to their own decision. This certainly promises to be an interesting evening.”
The debate takes place 6-8pm, Thursday 28th April, at Yorkshire Building Society, Broadgate, the Headrow, Leeds. Attendance at the event is free of charge but places are limited and priority will be given to Chamber members. To book on the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 247 0000 / 01274 206660.