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Hunters chief who is now a Conservative MP wants UK to stay in EU

Kevin Hollinrake - the founder of Hunters estate agency and now Conservative MP for Thirsk, Malton & Filey - says he is supporting staying in the EU.

In reference to the decision of London Mayor Boris Johnson to support Britain leaving the EU, Hollinrake yesterday tweeted: “Big fan of Boris but believe staying in EU will keep people across the country stronger, safer and better off. #Strongerin.” 

Hollinrake, who was elected last May, founded Hunters back in 1992.

Yesterday we reported on the first agency figures to state their views on the EU Referendum taking place on June 23.

Russell Quirk, founder and chief executive of online agency eMoov, claims house prices may drop by as much as five per cent in the UK leaves. Meanwhile Trevor Abrahmsohn of high-end London agency Glentree says “there is no reason to believe that the prevailing economic policies will change very much” in the event of a Brexit - so he doubts the housing market will be affected by the vote, whichever way it goes.

Dominic Agace, chief executive of franchise network Winkworth, says London’s appeal will continue to international and domestic buyers whatever the result, although Winkworth’s  international department head David King warned there may be some implications for UK buyers in western Europe if the vote is to leave the EU.

  • Jon  Tarrey

    And he'd be right.

  • David OConnor

    Dominic Agace is correct.

    There is no Economic downside to an exit. Particularly when we have a trade deficit with the EU, they need us more and therefore trade deals with be in there interest. The scare stories that exporting will be more difficult are just wrong both from an academic or common sense perspective.

    Specifically to the property market UK will remain a safe bet and the only affect will be reduced immigration. Reduced immigration will only affect the unregulated room rental market which will only be beneficial as there will be less slum style properties in our towns.

    Jon  Tarrey

    How do you know there won't be an economic downside? We saw yesterday the effect the uncertainty is having on sterling.

    Truth is, you don't know how it will work out. It might be better, it might be much worse. Do you really think, during those two years of negotiating us out of the EU, that the economy won't suffer or that investors won't be put off. Our economy isn't exactly rock-solid as it is - propped up by high house prices, shedloads of debt and the services industry. A Brexit will only make that worst.

    It's obvious that trading will be easier from within the EU. Look at Norway and Switzerland - they still have to adhere to EU regulations and pay to do deals with the rest of Europe.

    I haven't seen any concrete reasons from the out side of how Britain is going to be better off outside the EU. Scotland will go, Wales probably won't be far behind, and then what? Oh yeah, self determination, the chance to govern ourselves, the chance to control our borders - all things we already have. Whenever the government tries to push a new law through, I don't see the EU stepping in to say "hang on a minute, old chaps, you can't do that." So where are all these powers that the EU has over us?

     
  • Daniel Roder

    This is going to roll on and on. Propaganda from either side, insults being flung, the Tories tearing themselves apart. I don't think we'll ever get the whole truth. I don't think a reasoned debate about the pros and cons of our membership of the European Union will come to pass. Instead we will get lots of manipulated stats, conjecture, speculation, opinion passed as fact, scaremongering and hype.

    Four months of build-up. God help us.

    Should also add: I agree with Quirk and Hollinrake. I can't see what good coming out will do. There is a lot of misinformation about what we put into the EU and what we get back. It's an easy scapegoat, but it's also lazy to blame everything on the EU. It's not always there fault. In fact, much of the time decisions have nothing to do with them. We should be directing our ire at the government we have in charge - they still have all the power when it comes to the NHS, the economy, defence, housing, education, etc. You know, all the important things.

  • Kelly Evans

    I agree with Agace and David OConnor above. The UK property industry would be fine in the event of a Brexit. Anything that says otherwise is scaremongering, plain and simple.

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    If this is the extent of the to-ing and fro-ing - we've got a long four months ahead!

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