The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has released the results of a flash poll of plastics industry professionals. The poll covered the same ‘indicative votes’ which were put before Parliament over the week starting 25 March.
More than 160 senior plastics industry executives responded to the poll over slightly more than 24 hours.
The results show that 66% of those executives taking part in the flash poll would look to revoke Article 50, the process by which the UK is looking to withdraw from the EU.
Following on from this, 65% of respondents indicated that they would prefer to remain in a customs union.
Additionally, 60% of plastics industry executives would like to see a second referendum.
Philip Law, BPF director general, commented: “This flash poll shows there is clearly a dominant view from our industry. The majority of BPF members clearly reject a no deal Brexit and would revoke Article 50 to avoid it.”
The results of the BPF’s flash poll indicate that plastics industry professionals would prefer to remain in the EU. If that was not possible, remaining in the customs union would be a suitable compromise.
This would help to support the movement of raw materials, machinery (including parts), and finished products moving between the UK and the European mainland.
A sizeable majority are also in favour of a second referendum. This is likely in response to the deadlock in Parliament, which is currently unable to secure a majority for any given course of action with regards to achieving Brexit.
Parliament is set to take part in a second set of indicative votes covering the Brexit process over the week of 1 April. As the name implies, these are non-binding, advisory votes.