Independent retailers split on Brexit

Small shop owners are more inclined to vote to remain in the EU than to leave on 23 June, but a critical number have yet to make their minds up, says bira ((British Independent Retailers Association).

That’s the result of a ballot of members held at the bira High Street Conference held yesterday (Wednesday May 11).

 The poll included an option that will not be available to voters on the day of the referendum: undecided. The final figures were: remain (50%), leave (41%) and undecided (9%).

Commenting on the verdict, bira said: “This is close to the results from the latest poll of polls – and that figure for the ‘don’t knows’ means that predicting the result on the day is extremely difficult.”

The audience of independent retailers cast their votes after hearing speeches for and against Brexit from businessman Jonnie Arkwright for the former, and Chuka Umunna MP for the latter

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