In The Press

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

5 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’

3 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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Chicago Tribune - UK’s Blair says EU exit would be “monumental error”

28 November 2012

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron risks committing a monumental error that would threaten Britain's status as a world power if he allows rising anti-European Union sentiment to spiral into an EU exit, former leader Tony Blair said on Wednesday.Britain's tortured relations with Europe have shot to the top of the political agenda in …

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The Guardian - Tony Blair’s stark warning if Britain ‘falls away’ to EU margins

28 November 2012

By Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent Britain cannot afford to "fall away" from shaping the future of the EU,Tony Blair will say on Wednesday as he issues a warning to David Cameron of the dangers of slipping to the margins in Europe. In a speech in London on the future of Europe, the former prime minister will say …

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The New York Times - Blair Urges Britain to Retain Place in European Union

28 November 2012

By Stephen Castle LONDON — Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, entered the fraught debate about his country’s place in the European Union on Wednesday with a speech arguing that the bloc was more important than ever because of the global shifting of power to emerging economies. Britons have rarely shown much enthusiasm for the idea of …

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The Times - Tony Blair argues against ‘edging towards exit’

28 November 2012

Roland Watson, Political Editor Britain may want to join the euro in five years’ time, Tony Blair said today as he warned that the country would be poorer and weaker outside the European Union. The former Prime Minister accepted that Britain could operate in the global economy after severing ties with the EU. But he warned …

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BNE Chairman in the Telegraph - Britain needs the EU

28 November 2012

SIR - Tony Blair is giving a speech this morning to business leaders arguing UK disengagement from the European Union would be a disaster. Jeff Randall (Comment, November 26) suggests that this argument was like damaged goods. Three quarters of business leaders and the leaders of the main political parties disagree with him. First, it …

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BNE in The Independent - Blair: ‘Britain must stay in EU’

25 November 2012

By John Rentoul Tony Blair is to mount a staunch defence of Britain's membership of the EU this week, insisting that it is vital to the future economic prosperity of the country.The former PM, in a speech in London organised by the pro-European group Business for New Europe, will outline why Britain needs to be at …

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BNE in The Observer - Tony Blair’s passionate plea: we must stay at heart of EU or face disaster

24 November 2012

By Toby Helm Tony Blair will make an impassioned intervention in the debate over Britain's future in Europe, warning that any disengagement from the European Union's "top table" would be a disaster for the UK's economy and its power on the world stage. With more senior Tories backing moves that could see the UK leaving the EU mainstream, …

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BNE Director in the New York Times - Business Sees Risk of British Exit From EU

19 November 2012

By Stephen Castle The leader of Britain’s biggest business lobby on Monday issued a stark warning of the growing risk that the country would leave the European Union and urged often-subdued British business executives who do favor staying in the bloc to speak out in a robust riposte to increasingly vocal Euroskeptics. In a clear illustration that business …

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BNE Chairman in the FT - Focus on banking union not a British veto

18 October 2012

Letter from Roland Rudd, BNE Chairman, published in the Financial Times, 18th October 2012:  Sir, Wielding a veto over a European banking union would be hugely damaging to the eurozone, and bad for the UK and global economy. The UK’s priority at the European Council this week should be to help the eurozone put in …

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BNE Chairman in the Evening Standard - The Justice and Home Affairs opt-out

16 October 2012

Letter from Roland Rudd, Chairman, Business for New Europe published in the Evening Standard, 16th October 2012:  IT is odd that the Government would risk endangering public safety by announcing its intention to opt out of the European Arrest Warrant.          Many fraudsters and criminals convicted of other offences have been brought …

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BNE Chairman Roland Rudd on BBC’s Newsnight - Future of the Eurozone

19 September 2012

Speaking on BBC's Newsnight on the 19 September 2012, Roland Rudd stated the current strategy in Brussels was working and he praised Mario Draghi, Head of the European Central Bank, for the “brave” decisions he has made over the last number of months. Speaking alongside Marta Andreasen, UK Independence Party MEP, and Professor Luis Garicano, of London …

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Sunday Express - Scotland’s EU stalemate could spell the end of Salmond’s master plan

16 September 2012

By Ben Borland The row that ignited at Holyrood last week over whether or not an independent Scotland would have to reapply to join the European Union may seem like just another storm in a Royal Mile teacup. But if you look beyond the bluster, bombast and badinage of Alex Salmond, Johann Lamont and co, it soon becomes apparent that this is an …

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The Wall Street Journal - Europe Must Complete its Single Market

10 September 2012

By Simon Nixon Mario Draghi has not solved the euro crisis. The European Central Bank president has simply done what central bankers do and bought Europe's politicians more time. His Outright Market Transactions program is an attempt to solve the conundrum that threatened to blow the euro zone apart: How to support those countries too …

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BNE Chairman in the Telegraph - Britain can still profit from global trade while remaining in the EU

28 August 2012

For the first time in decades, Britain may be trading more with countries outside the European Union than within it. According to a report by the CEBR, figures for the three months to May showed 50.4pc of UK exports went outside the EU. Exports to the EU were down 7.3pc and exports outside it were …

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BNE Chairman in City A.M. - Why Britain must not veto banking union for Europe

17 July 2012

DAVID Cameron risks facing his own personal European groundhog day. A watershed European summit last month advanced proposals for a Eurozone banking union. Final approval is due in December. The aim is to break the fatal link between euro area banks and sovereigns. Less painful for Germany than eurobonds, but seen as credible by financial …

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Financial Times - No escape from the Europe debate

10 July 2012

By Brian Groom British business is slowly waking to an issue it would rather not face: the future of the country’s place in Europe. The referendum debate has so far been seen as one for politicians. Companies are more worried by the economy and the euro crisis, but they may not be able to duck …

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Financial Times - UK business groups hedge their bets

3 July 2012

By Brian Groom and George Parker Uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU threatens to damage the economy, pro-Europe business leaders warned on Monday as corporate Britain reacted nervously to David Cameron’s decision to float the prospect of a referendum. None of the main business organisations would come off the fence over whether …

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BNE Chairman in The Times - Does Britain need a referendum on Europe?

8 June 2012

Sir, The last thing the UK needs at this time is a referendum on our membership of the EU, which would create damaging uncertainty. Uncertainty is bad for business at the best of times. During a double-dip recession, it’s much worse.  There is even less reason to call for a referendum at a time when …

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The Herald Scotland - Claims SNP case on Scots EU status destroyed

12 March 2012

THE SNP Government's case that an independent Scotland would automatically accede to the European Union has been "destroyed" by a pro-Europe think-tank's in-depth report into the issue, it was claimed last night. Business for New Europe acknowledged the process of an independent Scotland joining the EU was "unclear" because none of the current treaties covered …

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The Scotsman - Scottish independence, SNP could lose in referendum vote, minister concedes

9 March 2012

link to article covering BNE's report, In Depth: Scottish Independence and EU Accession. By EDDIE BARNES SCOTLAND faces years more constitutional navel-gazing even if it decides not to back independence, a senior SNP minister has warned, in a new attack on the uncertainty surrounding the pro-Union parties’ stance on devolution. Raising the scenario of defeat in the planned 2014 …

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The Times - Doubts over Scots’ EU accession route

9 March 2012

link to article (£), covering BNE's report, In Depth: Scottish Independence and EU Accession. Angus Macleod, Scotland Correspondent Alex Salmond’s claim that an independent Scotland would automatically become a member of the EU is “premature and potentially misleading”, according to a high-powered group of pro-Europe business figures. The Business for New Europe group says that for an independent Scotland …

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Daily Express - EU costs ‘will soar if SNP wins independence campaign’

9 March 2012

link to article covering BNE's report, In Depth: Scottish Independence and EU Accession. By Paul Gilbride SCOTS could have to pay five times more for EU membership if Alex Salmond wins his independence campaign, a think tank warned yesterday. Lobby group Business for New Europe claimed an independent Scotland would lose out on the UK’s rebate if it had to …

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BNE Scotland Paper in the Perthshire Advertiser, Kilmarnock Standard and Scottish Press and Journal

9 March 2012

Local coverage about BNE's report In Depth: Scottish Independence and EU Accession PERSHIRE ADVERTISER and the KILMARNOCK STANDARD March 8, 2012 A pro-Europe business group has raised its concern over the unanswered questions facing Scottish membership of the EU after independence. A briefing paper by the independent reform body Business for New Europe said it is unclear …

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BNE Director Phillip Souta in City A.M. on the Greek bailout

22 February 2012

By Julian Harris Anger in Greece has escalated over the country’s deal with its lenders – an agreement that will require changes to the Greek constitution, and see a foreign “task force” stationed in Athens to oversee conditional reforms and spending cuts. Support for the main coalition parties, which led negotiations over the deal, has …

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BNE Deputy Director in Public Service Europe: Poll shows British business supports UK in EU

14 February 2012

By Paul O'Hagan, BNE Deputy Director It is now February and the dust has begun to settle following the British Prime Minister's veto on a new European Union treaty at the end of last year. In Westminster, the focus has now naturally shifted back to more domestic issues - namely NHS reform, gender quotas on …

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BNE Chairman in The Times - Britain’s lack of foreign language speakers is costing the economy

30 January 2012

By Oliver Moody   Britain’s lack of foreign language speakers costs the economy up to £17 billion a year, a report suggests. The country is losing its standing in the world because many people cannot communicate adequately outside their own language, according to research by the Education and Employers Taskforce for Collins Language. It adds …

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BNE Chairman in the Economist Debates: The UK and the EU

12 January 2012

Economist Debates: The UK and the EU With the problems facing the common currency, it is easy for us in Britain to forget that the success of the euro zone—and for that matter the European Union—is essential for our recovery and future prosperity. The figures speak for themselves. According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, …

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BNE in Die Welt - “Nicht ohne die Briten - Not without the Brits”

21 December 2011

By Michael Stürmer, Chief Correspondent, Die Welt Seit dem Brüsseler Gipfel geht die Insel wieder auf Distanz zum Kontinent. Das ist gefährlich. Denn wenn Großbritannien draußen bleibt, gibt es kein im Weltmaßstab handlungsfähiges Europa Brüssel vor elf Tagen: Es sollte der Krisengipfel sein, der alle Krisengipfel beendet. Stattdessen sieht es so aus, als koste der …

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BNE in the Daily Mail - “3m jobs at risk if Britain does not stay at the heart of Europe”

20 December 2011

By Kerry McQueeney Twenty leading businessmen today warned that if Britain does not stay at the heart of Europe, three million jobs could be lost. Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson and British Telecom chairman Sir Mike Rake were among the leading business figures who urged the Government to seize opportunities to 're-engage in the decision-making …

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BNE in the Daily Telegraph - “Staying outside EU risks millions of jobs, warn 20 UK businessmen”

20 December 2011

By Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, 20 businessmen say it is "imperative" that Britain has a place on the negotiating table when major decisions about Europe are taken. Signatories including Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin tycoon, and Sir Mike Rake, the chairman of British Telecom, …

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BNE Letter in the Daily Telegraph - “It is vital that the Government remains at the heart of Europe”

20 December 2011

SIR – We welcome the Government’s decision to take part, albeit as an observer, in the new EU treaty negotiations, following the agreement on December 9. It is imperative that we are not outside when important decisions are taken, and as opportunities arise over the coming months for Britain to re-engage in the decision-making process …

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BNE Chairman in the Times - “What’s it like out in the cold? Just ask Norway.”

19 December 2011

Norway has many qualities to commend it, including a beautiful rugged coastline and telemark skiing. But its relationship with the European Union is not one of them. A growing clamour in Britain says that we should be more like Norway by enjoying the benefits of the single market but without Brussels diktats. Sadly, the attractions …

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BNE Chairman in City A.M. - “London needs EU strategy that does not lead to it being sidelined”

19 December 2011

Fear is stalking parts of the city that Brussels is determined to undermine its competitiveness. But ask any senior banker or businessman what particular measure it is that Britain needs saving from, they draw a blank. The implementation of a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) in the EU alone, and not on a global level, would …

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BNE in The Independent - “Coalition partners put a brave face on their battered relationship”

15 December 2011

After a torrid few days, Nick Clegg began yesterday among friends. He arrived at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London's Knightsbridge at 7.45am and had time, appropriately, for croissants and coffee as he prepared to address the Business for New Europe group.   Like him, the organisation is for the European Union and against David …

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Roland Rudd in The Independent - “UK still has a role in the EU, says Angela Merkel”

14 December 2011

Suggestions that David Cameron has left Britain isolated in Europe by deploying his veto were downplayed today by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who insisted the UK will continue to play an important role in the EU. Mr Cameron told the House of Commons he would "make no apology for standing up for Britain" by blocking …

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BNE in the Daily Telegraph - “Nick Clegg says UK will face ‘intemperate’ Europe with calm”

14 December 2011

The Deputy Prime Minister has promised Britain will negotiate with Europe in a "calm and reasoned" manner in the face of "intemperate remarks" from Brussels yesterday. Nick Clegg told business leaders that he was "absolutely determined" to re-engage with Europe, as British jobs depend on the single market. The Deputy Prime Minister said he spoke …

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