Stronger In "facts" leaflet: business

Published: 23rd May 2016

In brief

Claim

Over 200,000 UK businesses trade with the EU, helping them create jobs here in the UK.

Conclusion

HMRC figures from 2012 found almost 200,000 VAT-registered traders in the UK which traded goods with other EU member states. They said that the figure could be “significantly higher” if it included companies that traded in services.

“Over 200,000 UK businesses trade with the EU, helping them create jobs here in the UK."

HMRC

HMRC has previously estimated that almost 200,000 VAT-registered traders in the UK were importers or exporters of goods to other EU member states. That was in 2012, when there were 2.15 million businesses registered for VAT or PAYE. It’s now 2.45 million.

It said that the number “may be significantly higher” once businesses trading in services were added, but didn’t have data on this.

Vote Leave uses a separate set of estimates for the number of companies exporting to the EU, rather than including importing companies as Stronger In does here. We’ve got more on this here.


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