New SBUK research also indicates pro-Union business leaders favour less focus on Indyref campaigning and more collaboration between Scottish and UK ministers.

A new snapshot of opinions among SBUK’s own business network has shed new light on the priorities of SME leaders who prefer Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom.

Unprompted, an overwhelming majority (95%) of comments provided by 62 senior company leaders who shared insights cited access to the UK single market and customs union as a clear benefit that business would miss outside the Union.

This is perhaps unsurprising as the latest government statistics show Scottish exports to the rest of UK are worth £52 billion, compared with international exports to EU and non-EU countries worth £35 billion in total – highlighting the clear importance of keeping the UK single market and customs union intact.

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