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An open letter to David Cameron

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10 Jun 2016
There are now only 13 days until the UK votes on a potential Brexit. We’ve heard the arguments on both sides and tried to weigh up what each outcome would mean for us on an individual basis. However, some (if not most) voters are still unsure and with so little time now to decide, many are becoming unnerved.

Based on conversations we have had with our client base and our vast experience in the recruitment market, we have written a theoretical letter to Mr David Cameron on the EU Referendum which paints a picture of some voter’s opinions.

“Dear Mr Cameron,

I am writing to inform you that there are serious questions being raised by businesses and individuals who feel your scheduling of the EU Referendum is untimely and unfair. There are strong feelings in the business community that a vote of this nature should have been posed when the UK economy was stronger and voters had less to lose economically in the event of a successful ‘leave’ vote.
With the on-going global oil crisis and competition from Chinese markets, the economy is already experiencing uncertainty - meaning voters on 23rd June will most likely vote ‘stay’, much to your political advantage. You will be forever praised as a strong negotiator, because it would appear that the ‘remain’ vote was a winner due to your initial negotiation, which is stretching the truth.
Your negotiation landed us with a ‘deal’ whereby Britain would have "special" status within the 28 nation club, allowing us to tackle unpopular elements of EU membership such as high levels of immigration and forfeiting the ability to run our own affairs.  But the whole basis of the EU was to unite countries together - so by granting us this “special” status are we not declaring ourselves above the rest of the countries, thus undermining the EU’s common goal and integrity?

The major concern within the business community is that the economy would suffer far too greatly if we vote to leave at the end of the month because whenever there is uncertainty, there is indecision and business leaders delay important projects, business growth initiatives and recruitment drives. It is already having an impact with some exporting businesses, and in the months/years to follow, further instability will be caused by legislative rewriting.

In an uncertain economy job losses can be the result as European countries choose an easier option for supply chain and operations activity. In an uncertain economy, the job market becomes stagnant due to less security and optimism from businesses. 2008's crash is still in people's minds and nobody wants to go through that again. In truth, the UK was just starting to recover confidence in the market before this referendum was announced.

The main focus for the ‘leave’ vote is reliant on immigration, which is a highly emotive subject given the huge refugee crisis. But it’s also an easy sell because it receives significantly more press coverage than other, more complex issues such as the finite detail outlaid in ‘work and pay’ or even ‘education and research’. Scare mongering about immigration is an easy argument as it gets progressively out of control, appealing to the public’s emotional side and this in reality could be the sole basis for some voters in the ‘leave’ camp.

So Mr Cameron, why did you pose the vote now? You said "It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time to settle this European question in British politics." But was this a very clever ploy to position yourself as chief negotiator and all round fantastic politician? Because it would appear you have more to gain from this vote than anyone else.
Sixteen members of your cabinet back the ‘remain’ campaign. Moreover, the Labour Party, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems are all in favour of staying in, in addition to Barack Obama and France and Germany’s Prime Ministers. Was a vote (not to mention the expense of all of the ‘remain’ campaign brochures) really necessary now?

Possibly, politicians are best placed to make such decisions as the majority of Westminster agree to remain whereas Joe Public has been scare mongered within an inch of their life to stay, because “what’s broken doesn’t need fixing.” How did you expect the UK public to base such a big decision on incomplete, contradictory and complex information?

Our current infrastructure is not yet there to support such a radical change, and unfortunately we are potentially making a massive decision based on incomplete information which is extremely concerning. Even your government acknowledge this.  Despite the difficult position you have put us in, I am glad to see that there has been sufficient publicity over the importance and process of voting, as this decision will affect UK citizen’s lives for generations.

Yours Sincerely,
Hayley Coulthard"
We really value North East businesses' thoughts on the referendum, perhaps we can get a political debate started and use this as an ideas sharing platform for those who are still undecided? Leave your comments below as to how you think a remain or leave vote with affect your business.
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