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Somerset Chamber publishes ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ campaign responses on key business issues

Business people who have not yet made up their minds on which way to vote in the EU referendum are being invited to view a series of briefing papers covering the key business issues that may be affected by the outcome of the vote on 23 June.

The ten briefing papers, compiled by the British Chambers of Commerce, are now available on the Somerset Chamber’s website. They comprise responses from the Vote Leave and Britain Stronger In Europe campaigns to the main topics of concern for Chamber of Commerce members up and down the country. These include trade prospects with EU and non-EU states; business regulation; business taxation; labour, skills and migration; regional development funding; and more.


The full, unabridged responses from the official ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ campaigns can also be downloaded from the Somerset Chamber website, for those seeking a greater depth of information.


Dale Edwards, Chief Executive of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, said, 

“The results of our recent member survey on the EU referendum highlighted a need for clarity on both sides of the debate. The lack of fact-based evidence, free of political bias, was making it difficult for people to make objective decisions – not only regarding which way to vote, but also strategic and investment decisions within their businesses.
“Thanks to our accreditation to the British Chambers of Commerce, we are pleased to now be able to shed some light on the key issues from a business perspective, and are hopeful that this will be of use to business people in the area.”

Along with the British Chambers of Commerce, the Somerset Chamber has stated that it will maintain a neutral position on the issue of the EU referendum.


The Somerset Chamber of Commerce is one of only five accredited Chambers in the South West and 52 in the whole of the UK. It works closely with the British Chambers of Commerce to make sure Somerset businesses stay well connected at both a local and national level, and that the voices of the Somerset business community are heard at all levels of government.


For more information and to view the briefing papers, visit

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