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Vast majority of Northern Ireland business chiefs opposed to leaving EU

By Staff Reporter

Three-quarters of business leaders in Northern Ireland have said they want to remain in the EU, according to a survey.

But bosses told the Institute of Directors (IoD), which carried out the survey, that they needed "more information and less rhetoric" about the issues faced in the referendum.

The IoD said it had surveyed 211 business bosses - and 74.4% said they'd vote to stay in. Just under 18% said they'd leave - and 8% said they didn't know how they'd vote. Around 70% said they didn't benefit from EU funding.

Ian Sheppard, chairman of the IoD NI's economic strategy committee, said the survey suggested that most IoD members wanted to stay. "The survey revealed a concern among members that leaving would cause serious disruption and uncertainty, with some claiming that Northern Ireland benefits hugely from membership of the EU, not just financially, but also in terms of unrestricted access to a huge market and skilled workforce," he added.

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