With the UK set to have a referendum on June 23rd to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union, what impact will the outcome have on the country’s technology industry?
No country has ever withdrawn from the EU, and according to the latest opinion polls the British public are fairly evenly split into two camps.
From a business standpoint, the BBC reports that the bigger businesses are in favour of remaining in the EU saying, “They believe Britain gets a big boost from EU membership – it makes selling things to other EU countries easier and, they argue, the flow of immigrants, most of whom are young and keen to work, fuels economic growth…” However, it also reports that those businesses who want to leave “believe Britain is being held back by the EU, which they say imposes too many rules on business and charges billions of pounds a year in membership fees for little in return.”
Back in June 2015 wired.co.uk published an article by James Temperton called “What would an EU exit mean for UK tech?”, compiled after visiting Germany to talk to leaders in science, technology and business to get their views on the UK’s impending in/out EU referendum. You can read the findings of the article here.