Lucy Armstrong debates EU membership at Journal debate

Business leaders from the north east discussed the major issues around Britain’s membership of the EU. Chief executive Lucy Armstrong was a member of the panel of six at the event hosted by The Journal.

The questions covered everything from immigration to the economic impact.

Representing the case for remaining in the EU, Lucy Armstrong, chief executive of The Alchemists, said that, given the North East’s reliance on exports, personal feelings mattered less than responsibility to employees and the wider region.

“Most private businesses in the North East have a higher proportion of exports than elsewhere,” she said. “Exporting is the primary reason why entrepreneurial businesses are able to grow.”

You can watch the highlights of the debate here:  Journal Business Leaders debate

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