Belfast Telegraph

CBI to host summit on EU referendum

By John Mulgrew

Business bosses from across a range of sectors are set to discuss the impact of leaving the EU on Northern Ireland.

The CBI is hosting a major discussion alongside BDO on how a Brexit could hit businesses here.

John McMullan, chief executive of social enterprise, the Bryson Group, and Peter Shields, director of Belfast software firm Etain, will be among the guests.

Deirdre Heenan, pro-vice chancellor of Ulster University, will also be involved in the seminar, which is aiming to "contribute to a more informed debate about the implications of Brexit".

The discussion, at the Ramada Plaza at Shaws Bridge in Belfast on Tuesday morning, will hear from CBI director Nigel Smyth and BDO managing partner Peter Burnside.

Earlier this year, the new CBI chairman, David Gavaghan, warned that Northern Ireland companies would be left in a strange and challenging position if the UK votes to leave the EU.

He warned that leaving could drag the UK's economic performance back to levels seen during the worst of the recession.

And he said an exit would also create "challenges in all sorts of areas in Northern Ireland".

Around 80% of CBI members surveyed in 2013 said they wished to remain part of the EU.

The CBI also claimed that most big companies based here wanted to stick with the status quo.

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