The PM has addressed the House of Commons giving the case for the UK to remain in the EU. After more than two hours 'trying to catch the Speaker's eye' I asked a question on the impact on the steel industry. The PM confirmed these are challenging times for steel but those challenges would be better met by staying inside the EU.
This was certainly the overwhelming view of EEF: The Manufacturers' Organisation who I joined for their conference, in February, just after they'd voted by 82% in favour of remaining in the EU. And at the Hull and Humber Chamber Dinner, the businesses I spoke to were of like mind. Better In than Out!
When I met with local employer BOC earlier this year they pointed me to their website which makes clear that their business will be disadvantaged if the UK leaves the EU. My own survey of local businesses has had more mixed feedback. Although many have been strongly in favour of remaining in the EU some have been against and most are asking for more information. This very much matches with the view from local people on the doorsteps where people appear overwhelmingly uncertain of which way to vote and are asking for more information. Well there's plenty of that coming!!!!