CECA survey reveals concerns among members about the possibility of the UK exiting the EU

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More than two thirds of civils firms want the UK to remain part of the European Union, a survey by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has found.

Alasdair Reisner, chief executive of CECA, said the survey showed its members were cautious about prime minister David Cameron’s EU referendum, which will be held before the end of 2017.

He added that the ever widening skills gap means its members “welcome the labour market flexibility that comes from the pool of labour from the EU”.

“Making it harder for EU citizens to help meet this challenge will not benefit the country’s economic and social growth.”

The CECA called on the government to “enable an honest debate about the real impact upon UK plc” if it leaves the EU.