In The Press

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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BNE in the Huffington Post - How Should Businesses Navigate the Complex EU Referendum Debate?

30 October 2013

By Natasha Thomas David Cameron once famously promised not to "bang on about" Europe. But 2013 has been the year when the battle lines over Britain's future in the European Union hardened, forcing political and business leaders from across the spectrum to take sides on this issue. Indeed, we've already seen the formation of two …

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BNE in the Evening Standard - Staying in the EU makes business sense for Britain

19 August 2013

By Sir Martin Sorrell The economic consequences of withdrawing from the union after a referendum would be disastrous. Say it quietly, but it looks a lot like the eurozone may be emerging from recession. One of the grey swans threatening business is looking whiter, just at the time when Britain is reconsidering whether it should …

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BNE Chairman in City AM - Brussels deal

12 August 2013

[Re: British business would thrive under a bespoke new deal with Brussels, Friday] The author believes it is possible to have “minimum regulation from Brussels, and maximum access to the Single Market”. It sounds too good to be true because it is. Of the three templates discussed, only Norway’s would give full access to the …

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BNE Chairman in the Times - Trade and the EU

12 August 2013

Turkey’s customs union was intended as a step towards EU membership. It is not suitable for the UK as a step away from EU membership Sir, The suggestion from Business for Britain that we should leave the EU in order to form a customs union is somewhat surprising (report, Aug 9). Turkey’s customs union was …

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BNE Director in the Evening Standard

9 August 2013

Your poll on Britain’s EU membership shows that most in the City agree we are better off in, but that we need to reform our relationship. This is what our business manifesto for EU reform makes clear, with the backing of more than a quarter of the FTSE 100. More can be done to enhance …

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BNE Chairman in the Telegraph - Opponents of Europe will need more than conspiracy theories

29 July 2013

By Roland Rudd As the debate on Europe hots up, there are some bizarre theories doing the rounds. The pro-European campaign is apparently a conspiracy; recent statements from the USA, Japan, Australia, Italy, Poland and Ireland suggesting that Britain should remain part of the European Union are evidence of a dark plot. Euro-sceptics may feel …

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BNE in City AM - European Union lobbyists clash after Japan call

22 July 2013

by Jenny Forsyth Rival campaign groups clashed yesterday after the Japanese government warned the UK not to quit the EU. Rory Broomfield of Better Off Out hit back at Japan, saying that free trade would continue unhindered even were the UK to leave the EU. He said: “It’s free trade – not membership – that promotes …

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BNE in the Evening Standard - Reform the EU, yes — but to leave it would be madness

15 July 2013

By Dame Helen Alexander While Parliament debates whether and when Britain should vote on our membership of the EU, let’s not forget the bigger picture. A car, van, bus or truck rolls off a production line in Britain every 20 seconds. Eighty per cent of those are exported and half of those go to Europe, …

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BNE Chairman in the Times - Britain’s part in the EU

4 July 2013

Sir, The letter from the historians adding their voices to those calling for reform in Europe (July 3) is welcome, but they make three criticisms which have straightforward answers. First, they say that new EU taxes “penalise” finance. It looks as though the Financial Transactions Tax is dying, and the UK recently secured a deal …

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BNE Chairman in the Times - British business leaders would be very worried by an all-out exit of EU

3 July 2013

By Andrew Clark Any referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union could be thrown into chaos by an ill-timed “loopy” human rights ruling from Strasbourg, the head of the Institute of Directors (IoD) has warned. More than 60 per cent of the IoD’s members export to the EU, according to Simon Walker, the institute’s …

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BNE Chairman in the Times - Looking at Britain’s place in the world

3 July 2013

By David Wighton The Times CEO Summit brought together more than a hundred business leaders in the Institute of Directors’ splendid Pall Mall headquarters to address the question of Britain’s Place in the World. There was a nearly unanimous answer. In Europe. Not only was there wide agreement that Britain should and would stay in a …

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BNE Chairman in the Times - Reform on Europe will lead to a ‘tectonic shift’

2 July 2013

By Damian Whitworth You can’t quite see mainland Europe from the top of the Gherkin, but on Monday evening the view was so clear that it felt as if France must be just beyond the distant haze where hills met the sky. Europe did, however, loom metaphorically large on the horizon for delegates who gathered …

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BNE Chairman in City A.M. - UK can make the whole of Europe more competitive without a special deal

2 July 2013

By Roland Rudd Which EU reform is best for business? Europe needs reforming now to make it more competitive, and in doing so Britain will be more enthusiastic about its membership. We have spent time consulting businesses about what the UK needs to push for in Europe, and have travelled to many European capitals, finding …

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BNE in the FT - Nick Clegg threatens to derail David Cameron’s EU referendum plan

2 July 2013

By George Parker, Political Editor Nick Clegg has threatened to derail David Cameron’s planned EU referendum in any future coalition government, claiming the Conservatives were “talking to themselves” over Europe. The Liberal Democrat leader on Monday said his party did not support the prime minister’s planned referendum in 2017 following a “so-called renegotiation” of Britain’s relationship with …

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BNE on the BBC - Cameron and Cable clash over EU referendum vote

1 July 2013

Vince Cable has dismissed calls for an "in-out" referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union as a "serious distraction". Speaking at the launch of a campaign to increase the scope of the single market, the business secretary said a public vote would add to uncertainty. But Prime Minister David Cameron urged the Liberal …

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BNE Business Manifesto for Reform

30 June 2013

The BNE Manifesto was launched on 1 July with cross party support in Westminster. It calls for urgent reform now to make the EU more competitive and for the UK to get stuck in, not opt out. We now have over 260 supporters. IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS PERSON, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. PLEASE WRITE …

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BNE in the Telegraph - CBI boss Sir Mike Rake: Britain must stay in EU

30 June 2013

By Kamal Ahmed Sir Mike Rake, the new president of the CBI, has said that continued membership of the European Union is "overwhelmingly" in the UK's economic interests ahead of a new report backing EU membership signed by 160 chief executives and business leaders. In his first public comments on Europe since being made head of …

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BNE in the Telegraph - Britain can play a key part in reforming the European Union

30 June 2013

By Sir Mike Rake The Government's success in getting transatlantic trade talks off the ground at the G8 in Loch Erne shows what we can gain through effective co-operation and negotiation. This is true in Europe and globally. Government ministers have long been saying that businesses need to speak up for these relationships. They are …

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BNE Event on BBC – EU ‘needs new fundamental law’ - MEP Verhofstadt

6 June 2013

A new round of EU treaty change and referendums will be needed in 2015 after next year's European elections, says one of the bloc's top politicians. The liberal leader in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, called for a "new fundamental law for the EU" to give the bloc long-term cohesion. The former Belgian prime minister …

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BNE in the Telegraph –  British business leaders: Sceptics putting politics before economics

20 May 2013

Let's take a closer look at that story in the Independent this morning (see 07.05) about some of Britain's most eminent business leaders accusing Eurosceptic MPs of putting "politics before economics" and abandoning the national interest in their calls for Britain to leave the EU. Sir Richard Branson, Lloyds chairman Sir Win Bischoff and Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP have written a letter to …

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BNE in the Times – No 10 fears UKIP may win Euro election

20 May 2013

Downing Street is conceding that the UK Independence Party could come first in next year’s European elections. A senior figure at No 10 said privately that it was now a “reasonable assumption” that Nigel Farage’s party would top the poll in 2014, despite repeated attempts by David Cameron to stop the loss of Tory votes …

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BNE in City AM – EU row deepens as Tory disorder sees Ukip rising

20 May 2013

DAVID Cameron was left fighting opposition on all sides yesterday as Tory divisions widened over Europe and the gay marriage debate. As the Prime Minister faced criticism from Tory activists and former ministers, a group of pro-EU business leaders made their latest call for Britain to stay in Europe even as the Eurosceptic UK Independence …

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BNE in the Daily Mail - Every family would be up £3,500 worse off if Britain left the EU

20 May 2013

Every family will be up to £3,500 worse off if Britain leaves the European Union, business leaders including the heads of BT, Shell and Eurostar warned today. Eurosceptic Tories calling for withdrawal from Brussels are accused of putting ‘politics before economics’, with EU membership worth between £31billion and £92billion a year to the UK. Virgin …

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BBC: Eurosceptic MPs attacked by business leaders

20 May 2013

Those calling for the UK to leave the EU are "putting politics before economics", business leaders have said. In a letter to the Independent, figures from BT, Shell, Lloyds Banking Group and Deloitte, estimated membership was worth up to £92bn a year to Britain. But the 19 signatories accepted reforms were needed and urged David …

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The Telegraph: Economic case to stay in EU is overwhelming – say business leaders

20 May 2013

The intervention comes amid simmering tensions over Britain's EU membership in Westminster, where the Conservatives have been forced to rush out a draft law setting out plans for an "in/out" referendum to placate restive Tory backbenchers, in the face of fierce Liberal Democrat opposition. A raft of influential business leaders including Sirs Richard Branson, Roger Carr and …

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The Independent: British business – We need to stay in the EU or risk losing up to £92bn a year

20 May 2013

Some of Britain’s most successful and eminent business leaders have accused Eurosceptic MPs of putting “politics before economics” and abandoning the national interest in their calls for Britain to leave the European Union. In a letter to The Independent, the group issues a trenchant riposte to politicians who have argued that Britain’s economic interest would be …

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Letter from business leaders in the Independent – The economic case to stay in EU is overwhelming

20 May 2013

The economic case to stay in the EU is overwhelming. The creation of the Single Market was instigated by Britain, and is now the world’s largest trading bloc, containing half a billion people with a GDP of £10 trillion. To Britain, membership is estimated to be worth between £31bn and £92bn per year in income …

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BNE in the FT - Business must make case for Europe, Sir Roger Carr

15 May 2013

Business ‘must make case’ for Europe Business needs to make a strong, fact-based case for Britain staying in the EU if the country is not to stumble inadvertently towards the exit, the CBI president said. Sir Roger Carr expressed optimism that David Cameron’s aim of reaching agreement on reform with Britain’s EU partners before a potential referendum by 2017 was …

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BNE in the Guardian – Restrict EU immigrants’ access to benefits, says pro-Europe group

7 May 2013

Pro-European business leaders responded on Tuesday to the surge in support for Ukip by proposing to restrict EU immigrants' access to benefits, including a three-month qualification period for jobseeker's allowance and removal of child benefit for offspring not living in the UK. The Business for New Europe group admitted there was "a massive credibility gap" with the public …

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BNE in City AM – Business chiefs: UK gains from migrants

7 May 2013

IMMIGRATION produces huge benefits to the UK, a coalition of business leaders will argue today, urging politicians to “fight the myths” that provoke anti-migration sentiment among voters. Between 2004 and 2009, migrants from the new EU member states added £5bn to the UK economy, the group says, noting that incomers are net contributors to the …

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BNE Director in European Voice – We must address political debate on immigration

1 May 2013

  At the end of this year, transitional restrictions in the European Union on job-seekers from Bulgaria and Romania will expire for good. From the start of next year, seven years after those two countries joined the Union, their citizens will be free to seek work and to claim benefits in any other EU member …

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BNE Chairman in City A.M. – Engage with Europe

23 April 2013

Businesses want a reformed, competitive, liberalised Europe, and the facts overwhelmingly support Britain staying in. Almost half our trade, worth £400bn, is with Europe. The benefits of the single market, which we estimate has added about £37bn to UK GDP since 1992, outweigh the costs. It must be extended to include energy, digital and transport; …

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Roland Rudd – BNE Chairman – stresses the need for multilateral EU reform in The Daily Telegraph

22 April 2013

A group of 500 business leaders have called on the Coalition to negotiate a better deal for Britain with Brussels. David Cameron has pledged to claw back powers and then offer voters a choice of staying in the European Union in a referendum by the end of 2017, if the Conservatives are returned to power …

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BNE in The London Evening Standard – French ski rules are protectionist

5 April 2013

The arrest of British ski-instructor Alex Casey in Megève in France is a graphic illustration of the single market not working as it should.  Under EU Law, equivalent qualifications should be recognised automatically unless there is a “substantial difference” in training in the host country and destination. In reality the situation is that the British …

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BNE Director on Sky’s Jeff Randall Live

21 March 2013

Director of BNE–Philip Souta–speaks to Jeff Randall regarding the EU Council Summit; the continuing policy of austerity in the EU, and the rejection by Parliament of the 2013-2020 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF). Watch here      

BNE in City AM - Even I, as a pro-European, am against an EU cap on bankers’ bonuses

5 March 2013

Roland Rudd The latest EU rules to cap bank bonuses have the potential to severely damage a strategic sector, and one that Britain leads in Europe. I say this both as a passionate European and believer in European reform. The problem lies in the way the proposals have been drawn up. As they stand, they …

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BNE in The Independent - EU referendum: A rabbit from a hat… or is it just a dead duck?

24 January 2013

The Prime Minister’s aggressive European gambit has prompted a furious debate about Britain’s future. Here, influential figures tell The Independentwhether he’s done the right thing... Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian pm David Cameron’s promise to hold a referendum regardless of the state of negotiations over a revised EU treaty is playing with fire. He can control neither …

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BNE in Reuters - Business warns Cameron’s EU gamble could strangle economy

23 January 2013

Leading British business figures warned Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday that his plan for an in-out referendum on the European Union membership was a risky gamble that could damage the economy and throttle foreign investment. Speaking after Cameron's call for a vote by 2017, business leaders in London and at the World Economic Forum in Davos said Britain's $2.5 trillion economy would face uncertainty …

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BNE in City AM - Would leaving the European Union be a positive move for businesses in Britain?

18 January 2013

NO Roland Rudd Walking away from Europe – the UK’s biggest trading partner – would damage British business for decades. The UK is one of the most attractive EU countries to investors, but this would quickly cease to be the case if we left, as our access to the single market would be lost. Last …

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BNE on BBC News website - Business leaders urge Cameron not to ‘risk’ EU membership

9 January 2013

Ten of the UK's leading business figures have warned David Cameron not to put membership of the European Union "at risk" in negotiations over the country's relationship with Brussels. The prime minister has said the UK is "perfectly entitled" to demand change. But leaders including Virgin's Sir Richard Branson and BT's Sir Michael Rake say …

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The Telegraph - Why it’s right to stay in the EU

9 January 2013

By Damian Reece Business has not always got it right on Europe. Many high profile names campaigned to take us into the single currency which would have been a disaster. But when it comes to our wider relationship with the European Union, business leaders are correct in warning that we need to be in, rather than out, …

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BNE in The Telegraph - Business leaders’ EU warning to David Cameron

9 January 2013

David Cameron’s plans to renegotiate Britain’s European Union membership are doomed to failure and could hurt the British economy, business leaders have warned. The heads of some of Britain’s biggest companies – including BT and Virgin – have signed an open letter saying that attempting a major change in Britain’s relationship with the EU could …

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Financial Times - Business leaders warn Cameron on EU terms

9 January 2013

By George Parker in London and Peter Spiegel in Dublin Leading British business figures have warned David Cameron that he risks destabilising the economy inadvertently taking Britain out of the EU, if he tries to seek a “wholesale renegotiation of our EU membership”. Mr Cameron will this month set out in a speech in the Netherlands his …

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Letter in the Financial Times - Britain needs to lead in a strong, reformed EU

9 January 2013

From Mr Roland Rudd, Sir Richard Branson and others. Sir, We welcome David Cameron’s decision to focus on the EU’s importance to Britain in his planned speech later this month. The EU remains home to half our exports and is the most powerful trading bloc in the world. Other EU member states are the main …

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BNE Chairman in Observer: No power, no influence and we would still have to pay the bill

16 December 2012

No power, no influence and we would still have to pay the bill Britain would be greatly diminished if it left the EU  Roland Rudd, Sunday 16th December 2012    Norway is a country of exceptions. During summer, the sun never sets. In winter, people travel from all over the world to see the northern lights. …

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Scotsman - No ‘fast-tracked’ application for EU membership after independence, warns think tank

12 December 2012

Jose Manuel Barroso: warned that Scotland would have to re-apply By SCOTT MACNAB in the SCOTSMANPublished on Tuesday 11 December 2012 10:40 SCOTLAND will not get an “easy ride” or “fast-tracked” application for EU membership after independence and negotiations could last more than two years, a leading Euro think tank has warned. • EC President Barroso said …

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BNE Chairman in the Times: Britain’s future as an EU member

4 December 2012

The following letter from Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe appeared in The Times on 04 December 2012. Britain’s future as an EU member Sir, In “The sceptics have won. Now for a new Europe” (Opinion, Dec 3), Lord Leach makes the case that there could be a new multispeed Europe with Britain remaining …

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BNE in New York Times: U.K. Backers of Europe Want Business to Speak Up

4 December 2012

U.K. Backers of Europe Want Business to Speak Up By STEPHEN CASTLE Published: December 3, 2012 LONDON — The chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Chris Gibson-Smith, simply does not have the time to speak. Christopher North, the boss of Amazon in Britain, is too busy as well. And Charles Dunstone, the founder of mobile …

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BNE in Evening Standard - Tony Blair: Britain cannot ‘fall away’ from European union

28 November 2012

Britain cannot afford to "fall away" from the European Union at a time when the continent faces a moment of "existential crisis" due to the global shift in power from west to east, former prime minister Tony Blair will warn today. In a speech to a business audience in London, Mr Blair will say that …

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BNE on BBC News website - Euroscepticism like a virus, warns Blair

28 November 2012

By Iain Watson  Tony Blair spoke to the pro-EU Business for New Europe' group, but his intended audience was far wider. The venue was Chatham House but - unusually for the frank meetings which take place in this plush pile in London's St James's - his comments were attributable and on the record. So his …

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Daily Mail - Blair says being Eurosceptic is like a virus and the Tories have ‘got it really bad’

28 November 2012

By Matt Chorley Tony Blair today claimed euroscepticism is like a ‘virus’ which has spread through the Conservative party. The former Prime Minister said the Tory ‘has got it really bad’ as he warned of the dangers of abandoning Brussels. In a major speech in central London, Mr Blair admitted Britain could survive outside the …

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Independent - Withdrawal from Europe would be ‘monumental error’, says Tony Blair

28 November 2012

By Andrew Woodcock Tony Blair warned today that it would be “a monumental error of statesmanship” for Britain to turn its back on Europe. And the former Prime Minister said that David Cameron's policy of renegotiating the UK's position in the European Union would pave the way for withdrawal. Leaving the EU would be "politically …

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The Telegraph - Tony Blair: David Cameron’s position on Europe risks ‘monumental error’

28 November 2012

By Rowena Mason David Cameron is in danger of making a "monumental error" over Europe as promising to forge a new relationship is leading towards the exit door, Tony Blair has warned. The former prime minister said politicians who want to re-negotiate the terms of the Britain's EU membership probably want to go all the way …

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