Business group Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce discussed the upcoming EU referendum when it hosted a visit from the Danish ambassador to the UK.
Claus Grube met with the chamber’s chief executive Jo James on Tuesday to learn more about the borough and to discuss the concerns of local business about Brexit.
Having just analysed the results of their latest EU survey before the referendum, Mrs James was able to share with the visitor the views of local business.
She said him: “As the EU referendum campaign enters the final straight, the race for the business vote has clearly tightened.
“Although a clear majority of the business people surveyed continue to express a preference to remain in the European Union, the gap between Remain (54%) and Leave (37%), has narrowed significantly in recent weeks.
“While only a minority of business people report that the referendum campaign has had any material impact on their business to date, significant numbers say that they expect significant impacts in the aftermath of the vote – particularly if Leave carries the day.”
The ambassador was not too surprised to hear this as having just finished a tour of UK business the majority of concerns over the EU referendum are the same across the UK.
Mrs James added: “Whichever outcome prevails, Westminster must shift its attention back to the economy on June 24, without delay.
"Growth is softening, and Westminster’s referendum ‘tunnel vision’ over the past year has meant that far too many key economic issues have been given short shift or delayed altogether.”