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Old 15.09.2019, 18:18
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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"95% of UK companies don't trade with the EU" probably true but difficult to get accurate figures.
Probably all the large businesses (over 250 employees) trade with the EU; who cares if your corner shop does not trade with the EU
This is how Brexit politicians can use statistics to influence voters who don't actually think about the actual issue or beyond the headline. Only 5% of UK companies trade with the EU so leaving won't affect us.

It's might be 95% of UK firms who don't directly export to the EU. But many more, probably a large majority, will supply goods and components to those 5%, mostly larger companies, that do.

And probably 95% or more of UK companies do import from the EU either directly or indirectly. Including of course virtually all of the corner shops you mention.
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