Brexit: 45% of event planners would vote to leave the EU

With the Brexit referendum just three weeks away, a C&IT flash poll shows that 45% of event planners believe that leaving the EU would most benefit the industry.

A further 40% thought remaining in the EU was the best option, while 15% are still undecided. Two weeks ago a C&IT flash poll showed that 55% were in favour of staying, while 32% thought a leave vote would be most beneficial and 13% were undecided.


Meetings Industry Association delegates swing towards EU exit

Brexit would mean fewer events in the UK, say BVEP members


This swing towards a ‘leave’ or ‘undecided’ vote was also represented at a recent EU debate, chaired by the Meetings Industry Association (MIA) on 23 May.

At the start of the evening an interactive Glisser poll revealed that just 18.8% of the 60-strong audience of event planners would be voting to leave the EU. By the end of the debate, the number of those voting to leave the EU had risen to 34.1% of the audience. Debate was attended by MPs James Heappey and Chris Heaton-Harris, both part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group.

Previously event planners have revealed mixed thoughts on the EU debate, with the economy, potential instability and the future of recruitment being the most discussed topics. 

See more on the Brexit debate:

BREXIT: Will leaving the EU benefit the UK events industry? 

BREXIT: instability impact 

BREXIT: economic impact

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