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Workers in the UK hospitality industry are backing Brexit despite fears that it could have a “negative impact” on the economy.
A survey found that 49 per cent of workers in the sector were planning to vote for the UK to leave the EU at next week’s referendum.
This compared with 43 per cent who want to remain and a further 7 per cent who have yet to make up their mind.
The industry is also divided on what impact Brexit will have on the economy with 44 per cent saying it would be negative and 36 per cent believing that it would be positive, according to the poll carried out by industry data firm RPBi.
The survey also revealed major geographic differences with hospitality workers in Wales most likely to vote for Brexit at 64.3 per cent while staying in the EU was most popular in London with 62.5 per cent supporting remain.
RPBi director Keith Britten said: “The results of the survey mirror recent national opinion polls.
“After analysing the comments and survey results, the one key fact that stands out is that whichever way people decide to vote, the majority believe that a leave vote would have a negative impact on the economy.
“However, those voting to leave suggest that the negative impact will be short-lived and the benefits will be reaped in the long-term.”