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Farrelly, Labour’s MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, has launched a consultation on
Britain’s membership of the European Union with the local business community.
the referendum on whether Britain will stay within the EU now expected to be
held as soon as June, Mr Farrelly is seeking the views of local businesses and community
groups in Newcastle in a survey that is being sent to over 1,000 local
year we will make one of the most crucial decisions concerning Britain’s future.
I fully support our country’s continued membership of the EU, as I think it is
vital for trade, jobs, investment and our national interest,’ Mr Farrelly said.
survey, though, will allow me to gain a fuller understanding of opinion from local
employers, as well as the practical effects that continued membership, or
withdrawal, might have here in Newcastle and North Staffordshire.’
has already been support from local industry and trade bodies on the benefits of
free access to the European single market, including the ceramics industry and Staffordshire’s
Chamber of Commerce. Calls to remain
have also come from influential, individual businesses, including bet365, owner of Stoke
City and now the area’s biggest private sector employer.
firmly believe that Britain should remain a strong, reforming member of the EU,
ensuring that the economic benefits of a growing single European market are
sustained and developed,’ Mr Farrelly said.
MP is, however, keen to listen to a range of opinions and experiences on the
issue. ‘This consultation is one of a series being conducted by Labour MPs
across the country and will enable us to hear a wide range of views about our
current relationship with the EU. It will also bring a better understanding of
how to make it work best for us locally,’ he said.
support from the EU playing a key role in UK universities, helping research and
innovation, Mr Farrelly is also undertaking a similar consultation with Keele
University to gauge the current benefits of EU membership and what impact any withdrawal
might have on the university’s staff, students and research community.