THE battle for Brexit has been given a beery boost after it was revealed a majority of pub landlords support leaving the European Union (EU).
Half of small food service operators — including the likes of pub and cafe owners — said leaving the European Union would reduce red tape.
And nearly three-quarters — 74 per cent — thought their company’s ability to recruit would not be affected.
In total, 39 per cent said they would vote leave against 37 per cent who supported the remain campaign.
The poll by William Reed/HIM showed the strength of feeling among small business owners ahead of the June 23 referendum.
Ukip’s deputy leader, Paul Nuttall, welcomed the news, saying: ”It is telling that the smaller the business the more likely that they will vote to Leave.
“The simple fact is that at least 80% of people are employed by businesses that do not export to the EU, but 100% of them are covered by the regulations that stem from there.
“They make employing people more difficult, make publicans spend more time dealing with paperwork than dealing with customers and make expansion and business development a nightmare."
The poll also follows strong words from JD Wetherspoon owner Tim Martin, who said staying in the EU was bad for humanity in March.
He added: "The power has been put in the hands of unelected people in Europe.“The Greeks and the Spanish and so on have seen it more than we have where they don’t even have control over their own budget or over their own interest rates, which are the key controls a democratic country has."
But 41 per cent of the 525 people polled thought Brexit could lead to price rises.