SCOTTISH business owners are less sceptical about staying in the EU than counterparts across the UK.

The latest Close Brothers Business Barometer found 32% of those in Scotland believe the UK should give up its EU membership.

However, that was lower than the near 43% figure for responses from across the whole of the UK.

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Of the Scots who want to leave, 44% felt struggling European countries will bring the UK down while 43% believed the economy would be better off.