In a survey exclusive to Packaging News, Harrison Scott, which specialises in packaging, paper and print, found that 56% of respondents wanted to remain in the EU with 44% indicating they wanted to leave. The survey had 4,121 participants.
The data showed that the ‘remain’ vote held up throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, there were some deviations notably in Wales – 52% of sales staff would vote to leave the EU, as would 51% of managers. However, 63% of Welsh managing directors want to remain as do 57% of Welsh technicians.
In England, 51% of managers wanted to leave the EU. English managing directors (53%), sales staff (54%) and technicians (64%) all indicated a desire to remain.
Respondents in Scotland and Northern Ireland indicated a majority wanted to stay although it was a tight margin among Northern Ireland sales staff – 51%.
George Thompson, joint managing director at Harrison Scott Associates said: “Having conducted many surveys in the past, it is clear from the rate of response that this subject stirs a lot of passion, as its outcome could have a significant effect on the Industry.
“Our survey was to packaging professionals across the whole of the UK with a simple ‘in’ or ‘out’ response required, with the option to add rationale behind their decision. We were overwhelmed with the number of respondents who not only wished to be vocal about their justification, but who provided an insightful thought process.”
Greg Nelson, managing consultant at Harrison Scott Associates added: “Having read the best of the comments made by Harrison Scott’s valued candidates and clients, it would appear that the majority favour staying in the EU. There are arguments for both sides. Many responses comment on the fact that if we were to leave the EU, to reduce bureaucracy, therefore increasing our competitiveness and on preferable terms set by us and not by the powers that be in the EU, then our European partners would still want to trade with us.
“Although this is true the counter argument made multiple times is that these terms would have to be re-negotiated and this would take time causing uncertainty and more red tape in terms of dealing with British companies and surely we would still have to comply with all the EU rules anyway when dealing with EU companies? So what will we gain? Surely there is more of a risk rather than a gain. Many of the packaging technologists I talk to on a daily basis are already heavily involved in ensuring their employer complies with many complicated packaging regulations. Surely this will become even more complex after a Brexit.”
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