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BRC on the fence about Europe

The British Retail Consortium has said it will remain neutral on the EU referendum but urges the government to make their policies clear so people can make an informed choice.

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On Saturday (February 20) prime minister David Cameron set the date of the referendum on whether the UK should remain in the European Union as Thursday June 23.

The BRC said the UK’s relationship with Europe was “complicated” and the industry body said it would not encourage people to vote either way.

“Different aspects of this debate will weigh differently with different people and it is not for us to say how people should view these different issues. The choice on how to vote is theirs alone.”

However a spokesman added that more information on the issues at hand was needed.

“The retail industry along with the customers it serves and almost every other business sector will be affected by the referendum decision and it is only right that we explain what we think that will mean for our businesses, their staff and the customer.”

He added: “Of particular importance to the retail industry will be the government’s approach to trading with the EU and the rest of the world, and the regulatory framework for retail operations and what both these things mean for retailers ability to serve their customers.”

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