In The Press

BNE in the Observer: ‘Lords accuses Tories of “burying” review that cleared EU of interference’

29 March 2015

Ministers have been accused by a cross-party group of peers of trying to “bury” the results of the biggest ever Whitehall examination of European Union powers, after it found no evidence that the EU was interfering excessively in any aspect of British life. In a hugely damaging move for the government, the European Union Committee of the …

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BNE in Euractiv: ‘Brexit could wipe 2.2% off UK GDP’

24 March 2015

Leaving the EU could damage Britain's economy, according to a major new report from a leading think tank. According to an Open Europe report released on Monday (23 March), the worst case scenario for the UK would see the country leave the EU, and then fail to strike a free trade deal. In this scenario, …

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BNE in Euractiv: ‘House of Lords praises Capital Markets Union’

20 March 2015

The House of Lords welcomed plans for a Capital Markets Union on Thursday (19 March), calling it “a major engine for stimulating growth.” In a report called Capital Markets Union: a welcome start, the Lords said CMU could unleash cross-border capital for investment in infrastructure and local small to medium-sized enterprises. There was, however, too much of an …

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BNE on LBC: ‘Ken Livingstone and David Mellor’

14 March 2015

Business for New Europe Chairman Roland Rudd appeared on LBC radio, talking about the jobs that would be lost if Britain left the EU. He said that while there could be no concrete prediction of how many would go, jobs would certainly be lost. Sectors such as financial services and cars, two of the most …

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BNE in City AM: ‘Is Gordon Brown right that a UK outside the EU would be Europe’s North Korea?’

11 March 2015

Roland Rudd, the founding chairman of Business for New Europe, says Yes Brown is absolutely right to highlight the dangers of leaving the EU, and the potential impact on Britain’s standing in the world. We won’t be like North Korea, but we would certainly be more isolated in an increasingly uncertain world. As Brown says, …

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BNE on BBC2: ‘The Daily Politics’

10 March 2015

BNE Chairman Roland Rudd was the daily guest on BBC2's Daily Politics programme.  The section on EU membership begins at 00:39:00. Watch here: 'Daily Politics 10/03/2015'

BNE in the Daily Mail: ‘Osborne hails “major victory” over Europe as Britain wins legal battle’

5 March 2015

George Osborne declared victory over Europe last night after Britain won a landmark legal battle to protect the City of London. The European Central Bank wanted financial institutions which clear trades in euros to be based in the single currency bloc – forcing ‘clearing houses’ to leave the UK. But after a three-year dispute, judges …

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BNE in Relocate Magazine: ‘Landmark euro ruling protects thousands of City jobs’

5 March 2015

UK business leaders and politicians have hailed a landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice that has safeguarded London’s position as a major financial centre. The case centred on a bid by the European Central Bank (ECB) to force London trading houses dealing in the euro to relocate to nations located within the eurozone …

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BNE in City AM: ‘We can protect the City’s interests in Europe - and we now have the proof’

5 March 2015

WEDNESDAY 4 March 2015 could come to be seen as a defining moment in Britain’s relationship with the rest of the EU, and for the City of London in particular. This is because of a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday, which upheld a vital British claim protecting the City from Eurozone …

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BNE in the Shropshire Star: ‘Euro ruling “a major win for UK”’

4 March 2015

A landmark court ruling safeguarding London's position as Europe's major financial centre has been hailed as a "major win for Britain" . The European Central Bank (ECB) wanted to force financial institutions clearing trades in euros to be based in the eurozone. The clearing houses ensure financial contracts are honoured. Business for New Europe said …

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BNE in Euractiv: ‘UK wins right to continue euro clearing’

4 March 2015

The UK has won a court battle against the European Central Bank which will allow London clearing houses to continue handling large euro transactions. Clearing houses act as a middle man between two sides of stock and bond trades, ensuring the completion of transactions, even if one side goes bust. Roland Rudd, Chairman of the …

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BNE in the Huffington Post: ‘David Cameron urged by Tories to forge “minimalist” links with EU’

2 March 2015

David Cameron needs to forge a "minimalist" relationship for the UK with the European Union, a senior Tory MP has argued, warning that the political bloc is "too costly politically and economically". Brian Binley, member of the Commons business committee, also said the government should calculate the true cost of Britain's membership of the EU should …

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BNE in the Western Daily Press: ‘Campaigners say most laws made by EU’

2 March 2015

A row has erupted over the impact of European Union regulations on Britain after a campaign group claimed that nearly two thirds of UK law was either made or influenced by Brussels. Business for Britain said 64.7 per cent of all laws in force today either originate in the EU or are deemed by the House …

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BNE in the Telegraph: ‘Two thirds of Britain’s laws “made or influenced by EU”’

2 March 2015

Two thirds of Britain's laws are either made or influenced by the European Union amid concerns that red tape is damaging businesses, it has been claimed. An analysis by Business for Britain, a group campaigning for reform of Britain's relationship with the EU, found that 64.7 per cent of all laws in this country are …

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BNE in the Times: ‘Cuts in red tape cancelled out by burden of EU rules’

2 March 2015

David Cameron’s attempts to slash the burdens on business have been wiped out by the European Union, an official audit has found. The coalition’s “bonfire” of regulations since 2010 has led to savings to businesses worth £2.2 billion a year, according to Whitehall’s independent red tape watchdog. However, in a comprehensive audit of business burdens …

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BNE in the Daily Mail: ‘Two-thirds of laws in Britain “have been inspired by Brussels”’

2 March 2015

Two-thirds of the laws passed by Britain’s parliament over the past 22 years have either been made or influenced by the European Union, according to a study. An analysis of the laws made between 1993 and 2014 found that 64.7 per cent carried the fingerprints of Brussels. The study, by the Eurosceptic campaign group Business …

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BNE in the Daily Express: ‘Two out of three British laws were made in Brussels’

2 March 2015

A leading campaign group says European Union meddlers have had a hand in more than 50,000 pieces of British legislation. The Business for Britain study claimed that EU regulations accounted for 59.3 per cent of all law. However, the Business for New Europe coalition hit back, saying that looking purely at the volume of regulation …

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BNE in the Shropshire Star: ‘EU rules row on Brussels influence’

2 March 2015

A row has erupted over the impact of European Union regulations on Britain after a campaign group claimed that nearly two thirds of UK law was either made or influenced by Brussels. Business for Britain said 64.7% of all laws in force today either originate in the EU or are deemed by the House of Commons …

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BNE on Sky News: ‘Murnaghan 01/03/2015’

1 March 2015

Business for New Europe Chairman Roland Rudd did the newspaper review on Sky News' Murnaghan Show, on Sunday 1st March. He spoke about how economic recovery would cause a rise in support for staying in the European Union. The other panellists were Labour MP Diane Abbott and former England footballer Sol Campbell. See the video …

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BNE in Euractiv: ‘WTO preferable to EU, say UK eurosceptics’

20 February 2015

The UK should leave the EU and rely on membership of the WTO, according to a major conference on alternatives to EU membership held in London yesterday. “We have a clear alternative to EU membership. The WTO alternative,” declared Conservative MP, Christopher Chope. “It’s clear, it’s simple, and it represents a clean break.” The WTO option would …

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BNE in City AM: ‘It’s time the City- and the UK- show support for a capital markets union’

19 February 2015

Guy Dawson, a senior investment banker and member of BNE's Advisory Council, wrote the following Op-Ed piece in City AM:   Few people have anything good to say about the European economy. The pipes, they say, are clogged up – and even if they can be unblocked, they are rusting away. Brussels is normally seen …

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BNE in Euractiv: ‘Alternatives worse than EU membership, says new report’

13 February 2015

None of the proposed alternatives to UK membership of the EU would return the same level of benefits and influence, according to a new report. Produced by the Senior European Experts (SEE) group and Regent’s University, the report explored the most commonly suggested economic and trade alternatives to EU membership. The report quotes government figures …

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BNE in the Financial Times: ‘If Britain goes: Business does not want to keep status quo’

10 February 2015

David Cameron has promised to negotiate big reforms to Britain’s relationship with the EU ahead of a proposed vote on membership in 2017. Business voices calling for renegotiation of key elements of terms of membership span companies small and large across the UK. The Institute of Directors says most of its members want serious renegotiation. John Longworth, director-general …

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BNE in the Express and Star: ‘Brexit “bad for growth and prices”’

9 February 2015

British exit from the European Union would fuel inflation, hit the value of the pound and cut economic growth, according to a new report by Dutch banking group ING. And even holding an in/out referendum in 2017, as promised by Prime Minister David Cameron, would create "two years of uncertainty" which could cut up to …

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BNE in the Courier: ‘Brexit “bad for growth and prices”’

9 February 2015

British exit from the European Union would fuel inflation, hit the value of the pound and cut economic growth, according to a new report by Dutch banking group ING. And even holding an in/out referendum in 2017, as promised by Prime Minister David Cameron, would create "two years of uncertainty" which could cut up to …

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BNE in the Sunday Times: ‘No10 plots early Europe vote in 2016’

8 February 2015

THE prime minister’s in-out referendum on Europe could be held as early as May next year under plans mapped out by Downing Street officials. One of David Cameron’s aides has warned campaigners on both sides of the debate that they should be prepared for the prospect of a nationwide vote next year. BfB, like the …

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BNE in the Independent: ‘Membership of the EU is what matters to business leaders’

6 February 2015

Ask any boss of a major British business what concerns them the most, and I guarantee the answer will come back: Europe, or to be more specific, the possibility of Britain’s exit from the EU. It’s the one thing they dread above all others. The falling oil price, instability in the Middle East, inequality, diplomatic …

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BNE in the Telegraph: ‘Business groups say executives should feel free to criticise policy’

3 February 2015

Labour’s rebuke of Stefano Pessina was swift and sharp. A day after the acting chief executive of Walgreens Boots Alliance said a government run by Ed Miliband would be “a catastrophe”, the Labour leader was portraying Mr Pessina as a tax-avoiding tycoon in an “unholy alliance” with the Conservatives. All’s fair in love, war and election campaigns, …

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BNE in the Belfast Telegraph: ‘Osborne urges Greece responsibility’

26 January 2015

George Osborne has urged Greece's new leaders to act "responsibly" after anti-austerity party Syriza triumphed in elections. The Chancellor said the party's promises to voters appeared "very difficult to deliver" and "incompatible with what the eurozone currently demands of its members". He also warned that the uncertainty generated would have an impact on Britain. Roland …

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BNE on BBC 3 Counties Radio

26 January 2015

Lucy Thomas, the Campaign Director of Business for New Europe, was on BBC Three Counties Radio to talk about the Greek election results. She said that the Greek people want to remain in the Eurozone, and that if they did leave it would damage all of Europe, so a compromise will be reached. However, she …

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BNE in the Daily Mail: ‘Osborne urges Greece responsibility’

26 January 2015

George Osborne has urged Greece's new leaders to act "responsibly" after anti-austerity party Syriza triumphed in elections. The Chancellor said the party's promises to voters appeared "very difficult to deliver" and "incompatible with what the eurozone currently demands of its members". He also warned that the uncertainty generated would have an impact on Britain.   …

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BNE in Euractiv: ‘UK must remain in EU, says Goldman Sachs’

26 January 2015

The UK should remain in the EU to protect the future of the City of London, according to the president and CEO of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Cohn said continued EU membership would help ensure London remains a “great financial capital of the world.” Lucy …

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BNE in the Telegraph: ‘Goldman Sachs boss: “imperative” that UK stays in EU

24 January 2015

Britain must stay in the European Union if it wants to retain its status as the one of world's main financial hubs, the president of Goldman Sachs has warned. Gary Cohn said London was the only financial capital to rival New York. He added that the US investment bank wanted to keep its European headquarters …

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BNE on BBC News Channel

24 January 2015

Lucy Thomas, the Campaign Director of Business for New Europe, went on the BBC News Channel to discuss the comments of Goldman Sachs boss Gary Cohn. Cohn said that "having the UK be part of Europe is the best thing for all of us". Lucy explained that the City of London is heavily dependant on …

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BNE in BBC News: ‘UK should stay in EU, Goldman Sachs president says’

24 January 2015

The president of Goldman Sachs has said Britain should stay in the EU to ensure London remains a "great financial capital of the world". Gary Cohn said financial firms "want to stay in London" - and Britain staying in the EU was the "best thing for all of us." Some firms fear EU states could …

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BNE in BBC Look East: ‘Yes or No- Northamptonshire EU referendum’

21 January 2015

BNE Campaign Director Lucy Thomas was interviewed on BBC Look East. She was commenting on the mock EU referendum organised by three Conservatives and the Daily Express in three Northamptonshire constituencies. She pointed out that amock referendum with a tiny turnout proved nothing, and that the EU has delivered great benefits for the British people- …

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BNE in BBC Three Counties Radio: ‘Should Britain remain in the EU?’

21 January 2015

BNE's Campaign Director, Lucy Thomas, was interview on the JVS Show at BBC Three Counties Radio. She said that the polls showed that a slim majority of the British people wanted to remain in the EU, and that enjoying totally free trade with the largest economy in the world creates jobs here in Britain. Listen …

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BNE in the Huffington Post: ‘John Major Warns David Cameron Against ‘Megaphone’ Diplomacy Over EU’

20 January 2015

David Cameron should avoid negotiating with his European partners "through a megaphone" and be ready to make concessions in order to achieve meaningful reform, former Tory prime minister Sir John Major has said. Sir John's latest intervention comes as Labour accused Cameron of causing the "biggest loss of influence in a generation" due to his stance …

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BNE Campaign Director in City AM: ‘The EU is a boon for financial services’

16 January 2015

The word “bleak” isn’t one that many in the City would choose when it comes to the future of our financial sector. Yet that’s how Sir Bill Cash described it in City A.M. yesterday, blaming the EU for damaging the City and warning of worse to come. But is it really the case that the …

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BNE in the Financial Times: ‘Let’s make a case for Britain to stay in the EU’

10 January 2015

Business for New Europe chairman Roland Rudd, along with his counterparts at British Influence, the European Movement and the Centre for European Reform, wrote the following letter to the Financial Times: Sir, This new year brings the opportunity to make the positive case for Britain’s continued membership of a reformed EU. For years the pro-European …

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BNE in the Financial Times: ‘Business for New Europe appoints campaign head’

10 January 2015

Business for New Europe (BNE), the pro-EU business lobby group, has appointed a new campaign director in an attempt to strengthen its clout in the debate over Britain’s EU membership. The appointment of Lucy Thomas, a former BBC journalist, follows December’s departure of its chief executive, Alisdair McIntosh. BNE said Mr McIntosh would not be replaced and the …

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BNE in CityAM: ‘EU Financial Regulation and Britain’

9 January 2015

FINANCIAL regulation introduced by Europe in recent years has increasingly benefited the Euro­zone at the expense of Britain, a report out today warns. Eurosceptic group Business for Britain has published the findings of Europe Economics, which claims that recent regulation has been less beneficial to the UK and that much of it would not have …

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BNE in the Times: ‘Safely united, Britain faces three challenges to ensure it remains great’

8 January 2015

Business for New Europe Advisory Council member Sir Roger Carr writes today in the Times: As we enter 2015, the voice of business leaders will need to be heard again to ensure we remain not only a United Kingdom but also a Great Britain. It is a message that must be spoken clearly, frequently and …

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BNE in Liberal Democrat Voice: ‘Young people appear more tolerant, open and happy with modern UK’

10 December 2014

A recent survey by YouGov, for Business for New Europe, indicates that teenagers have markedly more positive views towards Europe and the free movement of labour than adults. This should encourage those who appreciate the economic advantages of an outward-facing UK. It could also fuel calls for 16 and 17 year-olds to be included in any …

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BNE in the Daily Mail: ‘Speak out in favour of Britain staying in the European Union’

8 December 2014

In a message to the 'quiet majority' of UK business leaders who he said were concerned about EU exit, he added: 'Now is the time to speak out. Now is the time to speak up. Because you know what is most at stake. You know what we have to lose. Your voice must be heard, …

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BNE in the Western Morning News: ‘Business leaders urged to show “patriotic duty” and back Europe’

8 December 2014

Business leaders have a "patriotic duty" to speak out about the benefits of Britain's membership of the European Union, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has said. Mr Alexander warned that the Conservative Party's approach to Europe poses "the biggest risk to British national prosperity in a generation", with David Cameron putting Britain "on the conveyor …

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BNE in Douglas Alexander MP’s speech on Britain’s place in Europe

8 December 2014

It is right that, as organisations like the Business for New Europe, Centre forEuropean Reform and The City UK suggest, non-eurozone members should have a seat at the table, not dictating the terms of the debate, but being fullyaware of discussions and able to adapt accordingly.  Read the full speech here: Britain's place in Europe: …

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BNE in the Courier: ‘Business chiefs urged to back EU’

8 December 2014

Business leaders have a "patriotic duty" to speak out about the benefits of Britain's membership of the European Union, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has said. Mr Alexander warned that the Conservative Party's approach to Europe poses "the biggest risk to British national prosperity in a generation", with David Cameron putting Britain "on the conveyor …

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BNE in the Shropshire Star: ‘Business chiefs urged to back EU’

8 December 2014

Business leaders have a "patriotic duty" to speak out about the benefits of Britain's membership of the European Union, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has said. Mr Alexander warned that the Conservative Party's approach to Europe poses "the biggest risk to British national prosperity in a generation", with David Cameron putting Britain "on the conveyor …

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BNE in CityAM: ‘Could Cameron’s pledge for tougher action on immigrants push Britain to an EU exit?’

1 December 2014

BNE in The Guardian: ‘David Cameron under fire across Europe for migrants plan’

28 November 2014

David Cameron faces a daunting task persuading 27 other governments to change the EU treaties in order to enshrine discrimination against European citizens working in Britain. The prime minister’s call to deprive Europeans in low-paid jobs in Britain of income support for four years is illegal under EU law and in breach of the central …

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BNE Chairman on BBC Radio 4

28 November 2014

Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe, told BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme that business is "absolutely convinced" that the free movement of people in the EU is positive. He said that free movement does not and should not mean automatic access to benefits, and that the vast majority of EU migrants in Britain …

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BNE in BBC News: ‘Reaction to David Cameron’s immigration speech’

28 November 2014

As the prime minister sets out plans to curb welfare benefits for migrants from the EU, how has his speech been recieved? Alisdair McIntosh, Business for New Europe: "We are concerned about seeming to threaten the EU with the possibility of British exit. The prime minister is right that you do not start a conversation …

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BNE in the Farmers Guardian: ‘Paterson call to leave EU raises questions for farmers’

25 November 2014

Key questions need to be answered before the potential impact on the farming industry of leaving the EU can be evaluated, according to NFU vice president Guy Smith. On Monday, former DEFRA Secretary Owen Paterson tried to up the ante on the debate by calling on David Cameron to quit the EU ahead of a …

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BNE Chairman on BBC Radio 4

24 November 2014

Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe, told Radio 4's 'The World at One' that "we need to see a more competitive European Union, that is good for Europe and good for Britain." Mr Rudd was responding to a speech by former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, who argued that Britain should invoke Article 50 …

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BNE in the Financial Times: ‘Rivals compete to be UK’s voice of business on EU’

16 November 2014

There are many similarities between Business for Britain and Business for New Europe, the two leading lobby groups battling it out to be the voice of UK business on the subject of the EU. Both purport to represent a majority of businesspeople’s views. Their backers, like the occupants of most British boardrooms, are overwhelmingly male. Both …

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BNE in The Sunday Telegraph: ‘The EU is good for business, says Siemens UK boss’

15 November 2014

The last couple of weeks have seen some very broad claims and counterclaims about the views of UK businesses on membership of the EU, and on the prospect of a referendum. UK business leaders differ on many things, but on some there is a pretty wide consensus, such as the belief that the EU delivers …

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BNE in the Evening Standard: ‘CBI must mind the gap on EU membership’

11 November 2014

At the CBI annual gathering one subject is dominating the bars and lounges of the conference venue, the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane. It’s the same one that is casting a shadow over domestic politics: the EU and the chances of a British exit. The CBI is dead opposed to Brexit — indeed, John …

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BNE in the Financial Times: ‘Any cap on immigration will be damaging to UK’

10 November 2014

Sir, We support the UK prime minister’s agenda for further reform of the EU to make it more competitive whilst ensuring that Brussels is accountable. At a time of continued economic vulnerability we understand that the British public are anxious about what the free movement of people means for them and their families, especially in …

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BNE’s Alisdair McIntosh in CityAM: ‘Lord Hill is right about the £1.7bn EU surcharge row’

7 November 2014

Is Lord Hill right that everyone should calm down about the £1.7bn EU surcharge row? Alisdair McIntosh, director of Business for New Europe, says Yes. Lord Hill says that “the sensible thing now is to try to calm the situation down, and to look at the facts and look at a practical solution”. He’s right. …

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BNE in The Independent: ‘David Cameron is in danger of becoming a poor impression of Nigel Farage’

7 November 2014

On it goes, the great battle over Europe. But increasingly it resembles a fight being fought in a pub with two rooms. In the rear, in the snug, all hell is breaking loose, chairs and glasses are being thrown, tables overturned. Meanwhile, in the bigger, main bar, drinkers are quietly supping their ale and getting …

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BNE in the Financial Times: Business in quest for a standard to rally on EU membership

3 November 2014

Business people do not like battles. Outcomes are too uncertain. Tory leader David Cameron may be able to humble Ukip at the polls next year. But what if Britons then ignore his promise to renegotiate the UK's relationship with Europe and back an exit instead? The only problem big business has with a European single …

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BNE in The Guardian: ‘Juncker tells Cameron: you can’t destroy EU migration rules’

23 October 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European commission, has rejected out of hand any attempt by David Cameron to “destroy” the fundamental rules of the EU on free movement of people. In an echo of the remarks by the outgoing president José Manuel Barroso, who warned that the prime minister is making a “historic …

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BNE in the Daily Mail: ‘Support for staying IN the European Union surges to a 23-year high’

23 October 2014

Public support for Britain staying in the European Union has risen to a 23-year high, a surprise opinion poll showed today. Some 56 per cent of people now say they would vote to stay in the EU in a referendum, the highest level since 1991. Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe, said: 'Many …

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BNE in CityAM: ‘Don’t let UKIP define the terms of the EU debate’

20 October 2014

Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe, in CityAM: UKIP’s rise has led to fear in Westminster. Politicians see how the party has gained momentum, and they fret about the impact on the outcome of the general election next year, and in some cases their own jobs. This anxiety is having several consequences. Eurosceptic …

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BNE in The Guardian: ‘This Way to the Brexit: What would happen if Britain left the EU?’

13 October 2014

Roland Rudd, the City insider who is the chairman of the communications firm Finsbury (which represents such clients as BSkyB, Marks and Spencer and the mining giant Glencore), and the founder of a pro-EU group called Business for New Europe, reminds me that such US-owned financial institutions as Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley are said …

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BNE’s Roland Rudd on London Live’s ‘Headline Interview’

7 October 2014

Roland Rudd, Chairman, Business for New Europe, joins Chris Blackhurst on The Headline Interview talking about big business, the EU Single Market and British membership of the EU. Follow this link to watch the full interview on London Live's Website.

BNE in the Huffington Post: ‘Tories Aim To Curb EU Freedom Of Movement In Migration Crackdown’

1 October 2014

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, Europe minister David Lidington said: "We will be wanting to make certain at a European as well as a national level that the right of people to work or retire around Europe does not become a right to travel around in order to collect social security benefits or commit …

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BNE in the Financial Times: ‘David Cameron ‘not heartbroken’ if UK leaves EU’

30 September 2014

David Cameron said he would not be heartbroken if the UK left the EU, insisting he felt “1,000 times more strongly about the UK than the EU”. Speaking on the BBC Today programme, the prime minister said he wanted the country to remain a member of a reformed EU but added: “Let’s be frank, it’s not working …

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BNE in The Guardian: ‘Tory John Redwood warns businesses not to stand in way of EU exit’

30 September 2014

Former Tory minister John Redwood has warned businesses not to meddle in the politics of the European Union referendum, in a move greeted with astonishment by his colleagues. Roland Rudd, chairman of the Business for New Europe, said the “disgraceful” threat from John Redwood against pro-EU businessmen was worse than anything Alex Salmond did during …

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BNE in CityAM: ‘Business groups slam MP John Redwood over EU threat’

30 September 2014

Business groups hit back yesterday after Conservative MP John Redwood appeared to threaten company bosses who publicly voice support for Britain’s membership of the EU. Redwood’s outburst prompted immediate criticism from business figures. Sir Nigel Sheinwald, non-executive director at Shell and former British Ambassador to the US, told City A.M.: “Redwood’s threats smack of desperation. It …

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BNE in The Independent: ‘We can bring change and reform to the EU - abandoning it is not the answer’

25 September 2014

An open letter about Britain's relationship with the European Union, signed by members of BNE's advisory council. Read the full article here: 'We can bring change and reform to the EU - abandoning it is not the answer'  

BNE in the Times: ‘Spelling out the lessons for an even bigger referendum to come’

18 September 2014

In among the rubble left by the tempestuous battle over independence, there are numerous lessons to be learnt for the next big battle of national identity, namely the future of the UK’s membership of the European Union. Business for New Europe's founder and chairman, Roland Rudd, on the lessons learned from the Scottish independence campaigns. Read …

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BNE in CNBC Finance: ‘If Scotland says Aye, what happens next?’

16 September 2014

For it to continue benefiting from the free flow of trade, money and labor that membership of the European Union provides, Scotland would have to apply as an independent state to be part of the trading bloc, and meet its standards for membership - a process that could take anything from 18 months (the optimistic …

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BNE in The Independent: ‘People listen to business leaders’ shock’

12 September 2014

This time, though, the public appear to be taking notice. When I discussed this juxtaposition – of the Scots listening to the bosses on independence but the UK ignoring them on the EU – to a professional political campaign manager over lunch, he said it was a question of timing. The Scottish debate is near …

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BNE in City AM: Britain is a “highly influential” member of the EU

2 September 2014

British members of the European parliament failed to block 84 per cent of the legislation they opposed in Europe from entering into EU and UK law, according to a study from campaign group Business for Britain. Ukip trade spokesman William Dartmouth said the report should serve as a wake up call, adding: "There is this …

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BNE in the Daily Express: Britain must use diplomacy, not threats

7 August 2014

Speaking in London, Mr Johnson welcomed a report written by his chief economic advisor Gerard Lyons which claims Britain can only thrive within a reformed EU – or if it leaves. But the Business for New Europe group, which favours the UK staying in the EU, said leaving the institution would be “economically disastrous”. Group …

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BNE in City AM: Eurosceptic report a triumph of politics over economics

4 August 2014

A study commissioned by the mayor has found that a reformed EU would be best for the capital. But failing that success, it would be better for Britain top quit, according to the upcoming study headed by the mayor’s adviser, former city economist Gerard Lyons. However, Roland Rudd, the boss of Business for New Europe, …

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BNE in the Times: ‘Britain must start making plans for an EU exit or face economic fallout’

22 July 2014

The government needs to start preparing contingency plans for leaving the European Union to avoid the immediate economic fallout of a split, regardless of the impact of Britain going alone, a debate hosted by The Times was told today. “There is no such thing as an amicable divorce,” Roland Rudd, chairman of Business for New Europe, said. …

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BNE in CityAM: David Cameron’s EU reform battle - Something’s got to give

23 June 2014

As David Cameron's plans for EU reform enter a critical week, the UK faces a stark choice if renegotiation fails enter a critical week, the UK faces a stark choice if renegotiation fails: either to join the euro or leave the bloc altogether by 202 to protect the City, new research from Europe Economics warns today. …

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BNE in The Times: Business chiefs cast doubt on No 10’s Juncker tactics

20 June 2014

Leading business figures are sounding the alarm over the way David Cameron is pursuing his battle to block Jean-Claude Juncker, urging him to concentrate on reforming Brussels rather than fighting over personalities. The prime minister's attempts to block Mr Juncker becoming president of the European Commission have caused jitters in some Whitehall departments as well …

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BNE in the Times: New state ‘would have to join queue for EU entry’

3 June 2014

An independent Scotland would be cut out of the EU for at least three years and would struggle to secure the UK’s opt-outs in areas including the euro, according to a report compiled for a group of influential British businesspeople. The analysis for Business for New Europe, which has the chairmen of BAE Systems, RBS …

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BNE in the Telegraph: Independent Scotland ‘at least three years outside the EU’

3 June 2014

An independent Scotland faces at least three years outside the European Union and it will be "next to impossible" to rejoin on the UK's current terms, a group of the country’s most eminent business leaders warned today. Business for New Europe (BNE), which includes the chairmen of BAE Systems, RBS, BT Group, ScottishPower and the …

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BNE in the Independent: Scottish independence: Scotland ‘would be put at the back to the queue’

3 June 2014

Scotland would find itself behind Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia in the queue to join the EU if it breaks away from the UK, David Cameron claimed yesterday. He was speaking as a business group warned an independent Scotland would have to wait until 2019 at the earliest to re-enter the EU because several member states …

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BNE in the Scotsman: An Independent Scotland faces at least three years outside the European Union

3 June 2014

An independent Scotland faces at least three years outside the European Union and it will be “next to impossible” to rejoin on the UK’s current terms, a group of senior business leaders has said. Scotland faces “a long and winding road” back into the EU, according to Business For New Europe (BNE) which counts the …

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BNE on the BBC: Scottish independence: Business group makes Scots EU claim

3 June 2014

An independent Scotland faces at least three years outside the European Union, a group of business leaders has said. Business For New Europe (BNE) also claimed it would be "next to impossible" for Scotland to rejoin the EU on the UK's current terms. BNE lists the chairmen of BAE Systems, RBS, ScottishPower and Shell among …

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BNE Director in the Yorkshire Post: Voice of business calls for UK to stay in Europe

21 May 2014

With just one day to go before the European elections, Britain’s relationship with the European Union is very much to the forefront of the debate. Which is good. Sadly though, the business case for the UK’s place in Europe is not heard as clearly as it should be, even though our membership of the EU …

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BNE Director in Kent on Sunday: The European Union: Is now the time for us to withdraw?

19 May 2014

NO– says Petros Fassoulas, chairman of the European Movement – an independent all-party group which wants more powers for the EU.   Q. Why do you believe Britain should stay in the EU?   First, because of the trade advantages that the EU offers. Fifty per cent of our foreign direct investment comes from EU …

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BNE Director in the Newcastle Journal: Membership of the European Union is vital

19 May 2014

With just a few days to go before the European Parliament elections, Britain’s relationship with the European Union is very much in the news. Which is good. But sadly, the business case for the UK’s place in Europe is not heard as clearly as it should be, since our membership of the European Union is …

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BNE Chair in City AM: Miliband has reduced Brexit risks – now we can work on EU reform

13 March 2014

Businesses want two things from government: clarity about policy, and certainty about the business environment. This is particularly true on an issue as crucial to Britain’s economy as our place in the European Union. That’s why business leaders have been so worried about the shifting sands of debate on a possible EU referendum. The great …

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BNE Chair and Director in Huffington Post: BNE and BfB debate UK’s future in EU

27 February 2014

German chancellor Angela Merkel should use her visit to Britain to admit that the European Union was "built on German guilt" after World War Two, according to one of Britain's leading entrepreneurs. Luke Johnson, who used to run Pizza Express, said it'd be "interesting" if Merkel "admitted on behalf of the Germans that the EU as …

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BNE Director in the City AM: Benefits to exporting businesses of having a single set of rules

24 February 2014

The Lisbon treaty has racked up a £12.2bn bill for UK businesses since it was ratified by the European Union in late 2009, according to new research released this morning. Campaign group Business for Britain also says that regulatory effects from the major EU agreement will cost firms £6.1bn each year from now on. The …

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BNE in the Daily Mail: Merkel to back PM’s bid for new EU deal

24 February 2014

Angela Merkel will this week give the green light to David Cameron’s attempt to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Brussels. On a visit to the UK, the German chancellor will say that she wants to see a new treaty to redraw the rules of the EU – opening the door for the Prime Minister to thrash …

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BNE Director in the Independent - Whitehall backing for EU ties is setback for Eurosceptics

14 February 2014

Eurosceptics suffered a setback on Thursday as the latest government review of the European Union’s impact on the UK failed to bolster the case for withdrawal. When the Foreign Office launched its “balance of competences” review, Eurosceptic Conservatives and businessmen hoped it would provide a “shopping list” of powers that should be returned from Brussels …

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BNE Chairman in the Guardian - David Cameron using flood crisis to ‘drown embarrassing news’

13 February 2014

David Cameron was accused of using the floods to "drown embarrassing news" after the government announced it is publishing a raft of reports on Britain's relationship with the EU, one of which concludes that the single market is vital to the UK economy. In one of the most eye-catching findings of the eight volumes, easyJet says it would …

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BNE Chairman in the Guardian - David Cameron using flood crisis to ‘drown embarrassing news’

13 February 2014

David Cameron was accused of using the floods to "drown embarrassing news" after the government announced it is publishing a raft of reports on Britain's relationship with the EU, one of which concludes that the single market is vital to the UK economy. In one of the most eye-catching findings of the eight volumes, easyJet says it would …

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Sir Roger Carr in the Sunday Times - Scotland, Europe & an election must force bosses off the fence

3 February 2014

The announcement last week that the economy grew in 2013 at the strongest rate since 2007 was further evidence that the UK is on the right track. The data from the Office for National Statistics underpinned recent pronouncements from the government celebrating success, cautioning against complacency and urging business to convert a consumer-driven upturn into a …

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BNE Chairman in the Guardian - Exempt most British firms from EU rules, says BfB

14 January 2014

A Eurosceptic business group supported by executives including the former Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose and the Next chief executive Lord Wolfson will argue on Tuesday that the vast majority of British companies should be exempt from EU regulations. Amid deepening Tory divisions over Europe, the Business for Britain group is calling for 95% of all British firms to be …

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BNE Chairman in City AM: Conservative MP tells government to stay out of business policy

14 January 2014

Conservative MP David Davis has said the government should stay out of making business policy as it overcomplicates the issues. Commenting on the launch of a report from Business for Britain, which proposes an opt-out scheme for small firms on EU regulation, the former Foreign Office minister said he would vote to leave the EU …

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Sir Mike Rake in the FT - What British business wants from a reformed Europe

4 November 2013

The most important change is that the EU must become more outward-looking and open, writes Mike Rake It is difficult to put a value on UK membership of the EU, but the CBI, the business group, reckons it accounts for about 5 per cent of British gross domestic product. That is between £62bn and £78bn a …

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