The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (ISBE), President’s blog
‘Should We Stay Or Should We Go’ The Clash
The membership of the Institute includes academic researchers, business practitioners, self-employed people, the owners of micro, small and medium sized enterprises, (MSMEs) and MSME policy makers. Regardless of who wins on June 23rd between the ‘stronger in’ and ‘vote leave’ groups, one thing is guaranteed, this referendum will have an impact on our members.
The arguments from supporters in both camps often appear as a mix of exaggeration, contradiction and confusion, designed primarily to scare the wits out of anyone possibly making the ‘wrong’ decision at the ballot box, leading to dire consequences should we stay or go.
What strikes many of us is how difficult it has been for hard facts to be heard. In the end, regardless of whether or not we send £350m to Brussels every week, no doubt as we stand in the voting booth we’ll all probably decide with our hearts as much as our heads.
Jobs, prices, workers’ rights, national influence and security, migration, the economy, world trade and parliamentary independence are some of the battle grounds for both camps as they try to persuade us which way to vote. For those of us within the Academic community specifically there may be implications for the pursuit of research projects and research funding which crosses European countries. The Institute will respond to whatever the outcome of the UK’s decision on June 23rd in order to represent the best interests of its members. Right now however I want to invite members to join a conversation about the issues that they feel are important to them. Comments and observations from colleagues from across the EU are welcome.
In the end of course, ISBE members in the UK will make their individual choices on June 23rd and after that your Institute will work with whatever that decision is with your best interests in mind. I imagine there will be an on-going discussion when we meet again at the Institutes’ national conference in Paris on October 27th-28th. I look forward to meeting many of you there.
With every good wish
The Institute for Small business and Entrepreneurship