More than 50 business leaders from the region launched a campaign Business for Britain, East of England on Tuesday.
It comes amid warnings from businesses that the EU is making it harder for them to create jobs and that EU regulation is holding back their organisations.
Among those listed as backing the campaign is Sir Jeremy Bagge, of Stratsett Estate Farms.
Business for Britain, East of England wants to see fundamental change in the UK’s relationship with the EU and believes that politicians have given away too much control over the economy to EU politicians.
Business for Britain, East of England is headed up by John May as regional chairman and will provide a platform for this region’s businesses to engage in the debate on the EU referendum.
He said: “Fundamentally, we’ve given away too much control over our economy to politicians in Brussels and if we vote to remain in the EU, this will only get worse. I believe that businesses in this region could thrive outside the European Union and I want to see powers come back, so that we can make rules that are better suited to our needs here in the East of England.”
Generally this view seems to be backed by East of England SMEs through new polling conducted by YouGov.It has found that the region’s businesses surveyed want to see real changes in the UK’s relationship with the EU.
Out of 144 SMEs surveyed in the East of England 27 per cent think that the EU is making it harder for their business to employ people; 57 per cent said that being a member of the EU made no difference; 32 per cent think that EU regulation hinders their business; 49 per cent want the UK to trade and cooperate with Europe without giving away permanent control over the economy to politicians we can’t vote out; 57 per cent believe that the UK government should handle British trade negotiations on British trade agreements, not the EU.
John May added: “If we vote to leave in the EU referendum, rather than sending it abroad, we stand a chance of the money being allocated here in the East of England, for us to spend on our priorities such as improvements to Broadband and our road and rail network.”