What we did:
In March 2016 we surveyed over 1,000 of our 12,000 customers for their thoughts on a possible Brexit.
An analysis of their answers shows that while there is still a great deal of confusion about the referendum and what it will mean for the UK the small hotel and independent accommodation sector has made up its mind:
Do you think Britain should remain in the EU?
Just under half (49.9%) of the 1,050 owners who took part in our study said they were strongly in favour of the UK leaving the EU, 37% said we should absolutely stay, 12% were undecided and 1% do not care either way.
When we exclude those property owners who were undecided or didn’t care either way we have a clear 56% majority in favour of leaving the EU!
Full results Just those who have made up their minds
Where you live makes a difference
Owners of properties in seaside locations were the most likely to want to leave the EU (58% in favour of Brexit) while properties in the countryside were most in favour of remaining part of the EU (42% for remain).
However, regardless of where properties are located (town, country or seaside) the majority was pro-Brexit in each location.
Seaside Properties Countryside Properties Town and City Properties
Why Stay? Why Leave?
Economic arguments dominate both sides with the number one reason to leave (economic strength) the same as the number one reason to stay, highlighting the high level of confusion around the economic arguments of Brexit!
Beyond the economy, red tape and immigration dominate the leave campaign’s reasoning, while a desire to reform the EU from within and the negative business impact of uncertainty around a leave vote both rank high on the list for stay voters.
Reasons to Stay Reasons to Leave
War of the Roses!
In Lancashire 64% of property owners are in favour of staying in the EU, however, Yorkshire is the reverse with 60% wanting to leave!
Who should lead the UK and EU afterwards?
Boris Johnson seems to be the overwhelming favorite here with 42% of property owners suggesting he should manage the transition if we choose to leave, beating George Osborne (a paltry 6%) by a huge margin. If we choose to stay in the EU 30% of you believe Boris would make an effective EU President beating David Cameron and Angela Merkel (22% each).
Clear cynicism with Brussels beauracracy is apparent in the results with 6% of you suggesting Donald Trump as EU President and 3% suggesting disgraced former FIFA President Sepp Blatter!