Landscape association polls members over EU

BALI has become the latest horticultural trade association to survey its members on their views on whether to stay in or leave the EU, with initial reports suggesting that the Remain camp is currently winning the battle, just.

Brexit: BALI likely to remain neutral to represent its members but any dominant vote on either side will be stated
Brexit: BALI likely to remain neutral to represent its members but any dominant vote on either side will be stated

An online survey went out last week asking the association's members for their feedback. Results were not in at the time of going to print but an earlier survey of BALI's affiliate members, who supply the landscape industry, found that 55 per cent said they were in the Remain camp while 45 per cent said they wanted to leave.

The referendum on whether the UK should remain the EU or opt for a Brexit - being held on 23 June - has divided the horticulture industry as well as much of the UK.

Earlier this month (15 April) the HTA declared that it is taking a neutral position on the referendum following a full consultation with all of its members. The membership declared interest for all outcomes (leaving, staying and remaining neutral) with no overall majority. A recent survey by Horticulture Week also revealed indecision among growers.

BALI spokesperson Denise Ewbank said any membership organisation has to remain neutral because its members would "inevitably" have differing opinions. "The BALI board members have different opinions so taking a stance one side or the other is impossible," she added. "The issue is that no one can say for certain what will happen if there is a Brexit. We can only safely comment on what the situation is currently."

The association would likely end up neutral in order to represent members but if there is a dominant vote on either side then that will be stated, said Ewbank. Members of BALI will be asked the same question again next month - by which point both the Leave and Remain campaigns will have been ramped up - to determine whether they have changed their opinions.

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