9 in 10 businesses want extension to Article 50 says CBI survey

14 March 2019

CBI survey on extension of article 50
CBI survey on extension of article 50

Ahead of Thursday evening's vote in Westminster on whether to extend Article 50, a CBI survey says that almost 9 in 10 firms want it to pass, if the alternative was to leave the EU with no deal.

The survey of 273 firms across the services, manufacturing and distribution sectors found that:
•    88% want an extension
•    8% don’t want an extension
•    The remainder of respondents answered, ‘don’t know’.

Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: “An overwhelming majority of businesses want an extension to Article 50, which should come with a plan to break the deadlock and be as short as needed to deliver a deal.

“No deal is damaging the UK now, so any extra time must be used urgently by MPs to commit to a solution that protects livelihoods and communities across the country. This demands a new approach from politicians across the House.

“No-one wants this to drag on, but faced with the choice of a harsh no deal, businesses will back an extension every day of the week.”

About the CBI:
Across the UK, the CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors. The CBI’s corporate members together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of private sector-employees. With offices in the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

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