Name the date for EU referendum, businesses say

Name the date for EU referendum, businesses say

Business leaders in the West Midlands have thrown down the gauntlet to David Cameron to announce a date for the EU referendum - and spell out what its implications are for business.

Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, made the call in the wake of a British Chambers of Commerce survey which revealed that the majority of business leaders felt their vote would not be swayed by the outcome of the PM’s Brussels talks.

Faulkner said: “While the PM is hoping to strike a good deal at the summit of EU leaders later this week, our results indicate the outcome won’t significantly impact on businesses’ voting intentions.

“The EU is a critical trading partner for the region and the majority of businesses feel that the referendum will have a significant impact on their organisations.

“What businesses need now is real clarity on what the EU referendum and, whatever the outcome, new deal will mean for businesses on a practical level.

“They also need confirmation of the EU referendum date as soon as possible to put an end to the current uncertainty.

“The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce will be working with our members to cut through the biases and ambiguity surrounding the EU referendum and inform our members about the potential impact of either an ‘in’ or ‘out’ vote on businesses.”

The Prime Minister is meeting European heads of state in Brussels this week over his proposals to reform the union.