The Labour Party and the CBI don’t always agree, but on the importance of our continued European Union membership we do.
A recent survey of CBI members revealed that 78% of firms in the UK favour staying in.
This really does beg the question: why do UKIP and half the Conservative Party want to leave the EU?
If 78% of garages said my car needed new brake pads, I’d change them. Why do the anti - Europeans not believe the professionals? How can Nigel Farage and Bill Cash know better what is best for business than the CBI and its members?
The CBI are right to say that the EU isn’t perfect but unlike David Cameron the CBI aren’t advocating we leave if we can’t make it so.
I’m sure the Prime Minister would agree the G8, the G20, the UN and the Commonwealth aren’t perfect, but he isn’t suggesting we might leave them. Nor is Westminster perfect.
The reality is, as the CBI and Nissan have made clear, leaving the EU would be bad for business, hence bad for jobs and therefore bad for the North East. The bottom line being: if you are anti the EU, then you are anti the North East.