British Manufacturers want to remain IN Europe

April 7, 2014 12:55 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Manufacturers, ranging from large multi-nationals to small businesses, have given a clear message - Britain must remain part of the EU to ensure future growth.

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Manufacturing plays a large role in delivering a stronger economy, more jobs and rising living standards.

According to the EEF's 'Europe - A Manifesto for Growth', Britain's manufacturers have set out a radical plan to reform the EU and help it focus on lifting Europe out of the economic difficulties. The proposals come just six weeks before the European elections in May and follow a positive business campaign to keep Britain at the heart of the EU.

Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, said:

"These elections come at a critical time for the EU. We need all UK parties to come forward with a positive message both about our role in Europe and, how they will seek to evolve its priorities and institutions. This will ensure it is fit for the future, more accountable and focused on growth, all of which are critical for business and for voters."

The European Union is vital to the long-term interests of UK manufacturing and the UK's economic future. However, manufacturers also want to see a reformed EU - one that is more dynamic and focussed on economic recovery as well as social goals. They want an EU that is fit for a changing world order, doing everything possible to reduce red tape, promote a competitive market economy and secure trade deals in key markets.

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