The survey of 273 firms was across the services, manufacturing, and distribution sectors and found that:

  • 88% want an extension
  • 8% don’t want an extension
  • The remainder of respondents answered, ‘don’t know’.

Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:

“An overwhelming majority of businesses want an extension to Article 50 which should come with a plan to break the deadlock and be as short as needed to deliver a deal.

“No deal is damaging the UK now, so any extra time must be used urgently by MPs to commit to a solution that protects livelihoods and communities across the country. This demands a new approach from politicians across the House.

“No-one wants this to drag on but faced with the choice of a harsh no deal, businesses will back an extension every day of the week.”