Almost two-thirds of contractors would vote to stay in the EU if a referendum were held tomorrow, according to a new survey by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE).

The survey asked 3,150 independent professionals about an in-out nationwide vote on whether the UK should remain in the European Union and found that 61% would vote to stay, 24% would vote to leave, and 14% are undecided.

When asked whether Britain’s continued EU membership would be better for them and their business, 41% said this would be the case even if potential reforms were not achieved. A further 29% believe it could be better if certain reforms are passed into law, while just 12% said leaving was the only option for a brighter future.

Of the flexible workers calling for change and reforms, 64% said it was very important that the government should not incorporate costly and unnecessary EU measures and 61% want rules that ensure a level playing field.

59% think trading in the EU will become more difficult if Britain votes to leave, but almost one-quarter (24%) believe the overall regulatory burden would ease in the event of a ‘Brexit’.

IPSE CEO Chris Bryce said: “The survey raised a number of points of uncertainty. We found many freelancers don’t understand the implications of staying in the EU or leaving. With microbusinesses making such an important contribution to the UK economy, it’s essential that the self-employed are clear about the implications of a vote either way.”

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