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Ten events to provide clarity for SMEs ahead of EU Referendum

As the EU Referendum on 23 June draws closer, many small business owners are still unclear on how leaving or staying in the EU will affect their businesses. The UK200Group has therefore identified ten key events that are intended to provide further clarity ahead of the EU referendum.

The UK200Group, a membership association of quality-assured independent chartered accountancy and law firms, launched its Campaign for Clarity in a bid to provide its members’ clients – SME owners – with the information they need to make a good decision in the best interests of their businesses.

The ten key events intended to simplify the decision for small business owners are as follows:

1. May 31: Institute of Directors Wales EU Referendum Breakfast Debate, Cardiff.
Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE facilitates a breakfast debate with senior Welsh politicians and prominent business leaders.

2. June 2 and 3 (both 8pm): Sky News TV debates ‘EU: In or Out’.
On June 2, Sky News Political Editor Faisal Islam will interview Prime Minister David Cameron (Remain). On June 3 he will interview Justice Secretary Michael Gove (Leave).

3. June 2: Edinburgh Business School, ‘Facts and Impartial Analysis for the EU Referendum’. Professors Charlie Jeffery, David Bell and Juliet Kaarbo will speak about issues surrounding the EU referendum

4. June 6: BBC Two Victoria Derbyshire EU referendum debate, Manchester.
A studio audience will quiz politicians from the Remain and Leave campaigns. Apply to attend here:

5. June 7 (11.30am): ‘Brexit’ session at the World Trade Symposium, London School of Economics.
With Liam Fox and John Longworth of Vote Leave and Lucy Thomas of Britain Stronger in Europe.

6. June 7 (6.30pm): Evening Standard debate at the Royal Geographical Society, London.
Including Chuka Umunna MP, Daniel Hannan MEP and others.

7. June 7 (9pm): The first of two ITV live debates.
With Prime Minister David Cameron and UKIP leader Nigel Farage, moderated by Julie Etchingham.

8. June 13: Federation of Small Business debate.
Moderated by BBC presenter Polly Evans, the debate will see Chuka Umunna MP and Richard Reed of Britain Stronger in Europe face Kwasi Kwarteng MP and John Longworth of Vote Leave.

9. June 21: Wembley Arena debate programme, broadcast live on BBC One.
Moderated by David Dimbleby.

10. June 22: ‘The Final Debate with Jeremy Paxman’, Channel 4.
The guests have not yet been confirmed but with only hours to go before the polls open, this may be the last chance to hear the views of the Remain and Leave camps.

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