Every single Irish business leader questioned in a European study wants the UK to stay in the EU. The survey also found that 100pc of those questioned in Ireland thought that the UK's membership in the EU has had a positive effect.
The survey was conducted by the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM and included business leaders from 32 countries across Europe. Ireland had 13 respondents to the questionaire, which was the tenth highest response rate.
Across all the countries surveyed, the results show that 86pc of European business leaders think the UK should stay in the EU, with 11pc saying it should leave. A majority (84pc) of business leaders said a UK exit would have a negative impact on the EU, 76pc thought it would have a negative impact on the UK economy, and 67pc thought it would have a negative impact on their own country's economy.
The main reasons given in support of the EU were the economic advantages brought by membership, the competitive position a united Europe has against China, Russia and the US, and the importance of integration and unity in the current climate
Aidan Scollard a partner at RSM Farrell Grant Sparks responsible for the European Business Awards in Ireland, said: "This survey demonstrates the importance Irish business leaders put on the UK remaining part of the EU with 100pc of them agreeing they think the UK should stay in the EU.
"As the UK's closest neighbor in Europe it reinforces the strong bilateral relationship that exists between UK & Ireland"
Adrian Tripp, CEO of The European Business Awards, said: "These strong results show that for the European business community the case for the EU is clear; the benefits far outweigh the costs.
"From a business perspective, people see the value in the commercial opportunities; from a wider perspective, stability and integration are key."