A new survey has revealed that energy professionals who work or live within the EU (i.e professionals working in overseas energy jobs) don’t want the UK to leave, but it’s close.
A sample of energy sector workers in overseas energy jobs took part in the EU referendum survey. The results of the poll indicated that 47.3 per cent want the UK to remain part of Europe, while 43.2 per cent want Britain to withdraw from the rest of the member states. Almost ten per cent are not fussed either way!
For this piece of research they wanted to discover what the view was from the outside looking in, so they set out a number of questions to European industry partners ahead of the EU referendum on June 23rd.
The fairly balanced outcome of the results appears to show that there is a strong want and need for energy cooperation between the countries within the European region. In fact, not only within the UK, but across the globe, including the countries that originally decided not to join the EU.
Another interesting question the pollster posed to their European network was: “Do you think the UK would benefit from leaving the EU?”
Again it was a close set of results with 43.4 per cent of those questioned think the UK would benefit from Brexit, while 52 per cent didn’t think heading off alone would reap rewards for the UK. Interestingly 12 per cent thought that a Leave vote may benefit the UK in some ways. This might show that the doomsday scenario many have painted in the event of a Brexit, might not be as severe as some have predicted. There could be negatives, but there could also be positives.
In truth, nobody know what the impact will be on domestic or overseas energy jobs. The vote is hanging in the balance and our European neighbours are watching and waiting. One thing is certain, the power struggles in the energy market will continue regardless of the result.
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