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EU Referendum

The Issue

Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016. 
The final result was 51.9 per cent in favour of leaving the EU, compared to 48.1 per cent for remain. Voter turnout was 72.2 per cent.

FSB called for clarity from the Government on what the decision means for business, including how, in the future, businesses will have access to the single market and the free movement of people and trade.

As a non-political organisation FSB did not take a position on the referendum question, nor did we advise our members on how to vote. Our role was to ensure the small business voice was heard in the referendum discussion, and that our members had the information they needed to make a decision that was right for them and their business.

Use the button below to visit our #FSBEURef debate YouTube page where both camps were questioned by a panel of FSB members from across the UK all wanting to know the impact on their business of staying in, or leaving the EU.

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Action FSB have taken

For more info visit our Brexit policy page

Our Goal

The decision to hold a referendum was made by the Government. Our research showed there was a great need from small businesses, for neutral and accessible information about the EU. We worked to ensure businesses had that information, to help them make their own decisions about which way to vote. We wanted to ensure the voice of small businesses was part of the discussion on the referendum.

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