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The majority of self-employed workers and freelancers are planning to vote in the EU referendum based on a personal decision, rather than how it could affect their business, according to a new survey.

The study of 1,000 self-employed and freelancers, conducted by Intuit QuickBooks, found that 72% will base their vote on a personal or political preference, with just one in five (20%) entering the ballot box with their business or career in mind.

Despite placing a personal choice before their business, the referendum remains high on the self-employed agenda and a huge majority (95%) will make sure their voice is heard.

Nearly two-thirds (62%) of self-employed workers admitted to being concerned about the implications of the EU referendum result on their future self-employed prospects, but most (57%) believe that in times of economic uncertainty it is still more reliable to be self-employed, rather than working for a full-time employer. In the event of a Brexit vote, 82% would choose to remain self-employed, rather than trying to find work with an employer (18%).

Worryingly, just 14% of self-employed workers have fully prepared their business for a ‘leave’ vote. A quarter (25%) simply do not know how their work could be impacted, and four in ten (42%) expect business to continue as usual.

Rich Preece, Europe vice president and managing director at Intuit QuickBooks, said: “Self-employed is the fastest growing category of worker with nearly five million individuals across the UK. Their opinions and votes will have a significant impact on the referendum outcome, whether they have made their decision based on personal or business reason.

“Whatever the outcome, we must make sure this important group has the information and tools they need to succeed.”