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C+D poll results: Will readers vote for Brexit?

Readers are split on how to vote in the referendum on June 23 (Credit: Alex Mihis)

With the referendum less than three weeks away, the results of a C+D straw poll on leaving the EU are now in


C+D readers are split over how to vote in the European Union (EU) referendum later this month, a straw poll has found.

The 107 respondents to the poll – published in collaboration with Avicenna on the C+D website between May 10-19 – were marginally more in favour of remaining in the EU, with 40% saying they will be voting to stay (see graph) compared to 39% who will vote leave.

A further 16% of respondents said they had not yet decided which way to vote, while 5% said they will not vote in the referendum at all.

"So many unknowns"

Tim Jenkins, partner at law firm Charles Russell Speechlys, told C+D the split of opinion was most likely due to “so many unknowns” about how the sector could be affected by Brexit. 

“People don’t really understand the implications: what it means for me, what it means for my business,” he said at Avicenna’s conference in Mauritius last week.

The “more important” question is whether the UK will be able to stay part of the European Economic Area (EEA) following a possible vote to leave the EU, because this will decide whether it can continue to participate within the EU’s single market, Mr Jenkins said.

It is "quite likely" the UK will still be expected to abide by European medicines regulations if it remains part of the EEA, he added.

Last month, the Association of the British Pharmaceuitcal Industry (ABPI) stressed its support for staying in the EU, claiming that remaining in Europe gives patients faster access to medicines.

This is the first in a series of articles C+D will be publishing on Brexit throughout the week 

How will you be voting in the referendum?

We want to hear your views, but please express them in the spirit of a constructive, professional debate. For more information about what this means, please click here to see our community principles and information


I would like to share an interesting experience in obtaining a medicine when considering the EU

The relative of a patient in Bulgaria needed thalidomide for the cancer treatment. They had been advised to purchase from Japan. I eplored the cost in the UK. The purchase is through a company in Ireland and the cost about 2.5times more expensive than the patient buying directly from Japan. Closed markets can increase costs at times and I suspect our Pharmacy could not within the regulations have bought from Japan.

At present we are struggling with a market place for Trazodone possibly being dictated by the drug company? Direct sales from drug companies using wholesalers as the agents has a very disruptive effect on free trade within our country. 

Whilst not having a direct effect on voting in our out of the EU these issues are real. Perhaps there should be a report commissioned on purchasing in the Pharmacy sector and anticompetative practices - Who would dare? The Carter report was not helpful for community Pharmacy and showed a knowledge bias in the hospital sector.

A concerned pharmacist/MD?hoping to retire soon

Shaun Steren, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Work out what is best for politicians and Goliath multinational companies and then vote for the opposite.

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

We also don't know what will happen if we stay!  The EU is a sinking ship, no growth, massive unemployment, an immigration crisis and another Greek financial crisis on the way. The answer has always been "more EU, more integration" An undemocratic and unaccountable organisation ruled by unelected snearing elites. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

There was an item on BBC news last night, about how leaving the EU.... would affect our holidays there! Is that all people think about???! We are talking here, about a once in a lifetime chance to take back control of our borders, our laws, our democracy. And if you look at all the people and organisations backing remain, they are all big business or have a vested interest.    I cannot believe the big unions have come our for Remain when all the unlimited EU migration does is drive down wages for the workers, usually the lower paid they claim to represent. 

Chris Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

Well put Angela. Agree 100%

max falconer, Superintendent Pharmacist

Amazing! Only 40% of pharmacists are mad- things must be improving in the profession!

Honest Tikes, Sales

Is that will be the 40% who work for tax avoiding global corporates by coincidence? God forbid tha Mr Pessina would have to apply for a visa in order to gloat more closely over his schemes.....

Mr Pharmacist!, Pharmaceutical Adviser

After what this government has done, the only vote is Brexit.  Break the Multiples, Break the Government etc etc.  Get rid of immigration that devalues the professional wage!  *This comment has been edited for breaching C+D's community principles*

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