Press Releases

Risk of EU exit has endangered HSBC’s place in Britain

24 April 2015

“With eurosceptics constantly talking up the likelihood of British exit, it is unsurprising that global businesses become nervous about their future here"- Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeHSBC’s decision to review the location of its headquarters shows the dangers of stoking uncertainty over Britain’s EU membership, says Business for New Europe. HSBC …

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New polling shows the City supports Britain’s EU membership

21 April 2015

“Britain's financiers recognise that the EU is changing for the better, and that the City's future could be bleak if we left.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeA new survey by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation shows that support for EU membership is very strong in the City, Business for …

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Philips is just one company who would reconsider UK presence on Brexit

19 April 2015

“The UK is the number one destination for company headquarters in Europe and the highest recipient of foreign investment. Why put that at risk?” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeMany businesses in the UK would reconsider their presence in the UK were we to leave the EU, say pro-European business group, …

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No treaty change doesn’t mean no reform, say business leaders

15 April 2015

“Aiming for treaty change by 2017 was always ambitious and highly unlikely"- Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeToday's news that the European Commission foresee no treaty change before 2019 is not the end of Britain's push for reform say business leaders.  Pro-EU business campaign, Business for New Europe, say that treaty change was …

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Businesses across Europe back membership of the EU

13 April 2015

“Our economic success is intrinsically linked to the rest of Europe, so leaving would be doubly damaging to us.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeBusinesses across Europe support British membership of the European Union, according to a new poll. The pan-European survey was carried out by the European Business Awards, and found …

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BRITISH EXIT FROM EU WOULD HAVE HUGELY DAMAGING AND LONG-LASTING CONSEQUENCES

7 April 2015

“The implications of Brexit would be serious and long-lasting, with certain sectors seeing very real threats to their continued business in the UK" – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New Europe A British exit from the EU would cause long-lasting damage to Britain’s economy, say business leaders, echoing comments made by Tony Blair in …

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It would be unfair to exclude 16-18 year olds from monumental decision over EU membership

1 April 2015

“This referendum would have an irreversible impact on young people's futures, so denying them a say would be hugely unfair.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeUkip fear younger voters being included in a referendum as they tend to be more open to the rest of the world, says pro-EU business group, Business for …

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Business is clear that the case for EU membership is overwhelming

30 March 2015

“Business will continue to make the case for a strong Britain in a more competitive EU” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeBusiness for New Europe, the pro-European business campaign, today commented on business attitudes to Britain's membership of the EU. This is ahead of a speech on the subject this morning …

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EU court judgment shows that Britain can deny benefits to EU jobseekers

26 March 2015

“Today's ruling is an important step in preventing free movement being used only to claim benefits.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeToday’s ruling by the European Court of Justice shows that free movement of people does not bestow an automatic right to claim benefits, according to Business for New Europe. The …

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New digital single market plans will boost British business and cut costs

25 March 2015

“With a genuine single market, buying from Barcelona will be as easy as buying from Birmingham.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeThe European Commission’s plan to build a digital single market will let help British businesses grow, and consumers save money, and shows the extent of Britain’s influence in Brussels according …

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Leaving the EU could damage the economy and create uncertainty

23 March 2015

“This report shows that leaving the EU could carry a huge cost and great uncertainty.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeLeaving the EU could damage the economy and create uncertainty, according to a new report from Open Europe, which found that in the worst-case scenario Brexit could cost the UK £56bn a year, …

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The Prime Minister should focus on facts, not fiction, on EU reform

20 March 2015

“The Prime Minister should focus on how to secure the best reforms possible, dealing in reality rather than fiction.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeDavid Cameron can compare himself to Tom Cruise all he likes, but EU reform requires dealing in fact, not fiction, says Business for New Europe. The pro-European …

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The House of Lords is right to highlight the benefits of Capital Markets Union

20 March 2015

“Small businesses are finding it harder to access bank lending, so this initiative is a welcome push to alternative sources of lending.” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe The EU’s plans to create a single European capital market will increase finance for SMEs, create new opportunities for the City, and allow Britain to …

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IEA is wrong, many jobs are linked to Britain’s EU membership

10 March 2015

“It is undeniable that several million jobs are linked to our EU membership, and given that we have no idea what a trade deal outside would look like, they could be at risk” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe  It is naïve and wrong to claim that jobs would not be at …

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ECJ decision is significant win for the City and a defining moment for Britain’s place in Europe

4 March 2015

  “This is a defining moment for the future of Britain's relationship with the EU.” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New EuropeThe UK has won a decisive victory after winning a challenge at the European Court of Justice on the location of clearing houses. The ECJ has forced the European Central Bank to …

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Entirely misleading BFB report misses the value of EU regulation by measuring volume alone

1 March 2015

“By counting only the volume of regulation, this ignores the value that these rules have brought to Britain. The peak was during the creation of the Single Market, which has been hugely positive for British business." - Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe A new report on the proportion of UK law originating at EU …

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EU membership is vital for manufacturers, says Business for New Europe

26 February 2015

“Manufacturers know that membership of the Single Market lets them export without barriers to a market of 500 million consumers.” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe Business for New Europe, the pro-European business campaign, today welcomed manufacturing group the EEF’s support for Britain’s membership of the European Union. Martin Temple, the EEF’s …

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Energy Union will create jobs and increase security in Britain

25 February 2015

“What British businesses and consumers need is for Brussels to get moving on creating an Energy Union.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New Europe Business for New Europe, the pro-European business campaign, today welcomed the EU’s proposals for a single market in energy. The Energy Union package seeks to break down national bottlenecks …

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Norwegian Minister says leaving the EU would be bad for Britain

24 February 2015

“Britain would lose all our power and influence, while still footing the bill” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe Britain leaving the EU would damage our prosperity and influence in the world, according to the Norwegian Minister for Europe. Vidar Helgesen said that Norway had to implement three-quarters of EU legislation, but …

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Britain’s future outside the EU would be anything but spectacular

18 February 2015

"Cutting ourselves off from our largest trading partner and source of investment would be a nightmare for business"- Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe Business for New Europe, the pro-European business campaign, responded to Owen Paterson MP’s comments today that Britain “has to leave” the EU in order to have a “spectacular future.” …

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Capital Markets Union is an example of the EU working well for British business

18 February 2015

"This shows the benefits for Britain of engaging and leading in Europe."- Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeThe new plan unveiled today to boost capital markets is good news for British Business, Business for New Europe, the pro-European business campaign, said today, The green paper on the subject was unveiled in Brussels …

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New report finds alternatives to EU membership are flawed, and would damage British business

12 February 2015

“None of the options would be any better for Britain, and all would see us losing power and influence.” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe All the alternatives to EU membership have flaws that would be bad for British business, according to a new report. The report by the Senior European Experts group finds …

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Businesses are clear that any EU referendum will create uncertainty

10 February 2015

“It would take time for reforms to be agreed with the rest of the EU, so any process should be allowed to take place without any rush to hold a referendum” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe Business for New Europe, the pro-Europe business campaign, said today that while businesses are clear …

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UK exit from EU would damage economy, new report finds

9 February 2015

“Our prosperity would be put at risk if we lost our access to the world's largest market.” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New EuropeThe UK economy would be badly affected by leaving the EU, a new report from Dutch bank ING has found. There would be a fall in foreign investment causing a slow-down in …

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Business for Britain should admit that their unrealistic demands are really a call to leave the EU

3 February 2015

“We must work with our European partners to find common ground, rather than making unworkable, unilateral demands.” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New EuropeThe demands for reform made by Business for Britain are unrealistic, unworkable and would effectively take the UK out of the EU, says pro-European group, Business for New Europe. A unilateral veto …

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IoD is right that small and medium sized businesses would be badly hit by EU exit, says BNE

2 February 2015

“Our prosperity depends on being at the heart of a dynamic, reforming European Union.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New EuropeIt is right that small and medium sized businesses would be hard hit by UK leaving the EU, says Business for New Europe, the business group making the positive economic case for …

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Eurosceptic rhetoric is damaging small business, says Business for New Europe

27 January 2015

“This report should be a wake-up call to all those flirting with the idea of British exit from the EU.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New Europe Uncertainty over Britain's future EU membership is having a detrimental impact on small business, according to a new survey.  This should act as a warning …

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Compromise in Greece crucial for European stability, say business leaders

26 January 2015

“The EU must respect Greek voters, but Syriza must compromise too.” – Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe Both sides must show compromise in forthcoming negotiations on Greek austerity, say business leaders. Pro-European business campaign, Business for New Europe, says that the future stability of the Eurozone rests on the willingness of both …

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EU MEMBERSHIP IS VITAL TO UK FINANCIAL SERVICES

24 January 2015

  Britain's financial services sector would be drastically weakened were it to leave the EU, say pro-European business group, Business for New Europe. Goldman Sachs President, Gary Cohn, told the BBC that EU membership was vital to ensure that London remains the 'financial capital of the world'.Lucy Thomas, campaign director of Business for New Europe, …

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Senior business leaders urge others to ‘speak up’ for Britain’s EU membership

22 January 2015

“Britain should focus on reforming the EU to make it work better, not sleepwalk towards the exit.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New Europe A number of leading business figures have spoken out about the need for the UK to remain part of the EU and urge others to join them in making …

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John Major is right that Britain shouldn’t use megaphone diplomacy

20 January 2015

“The best way to achieve EU reform is to work with our friends and allies.” – Lucy Thomas, Campaign Director of Business for New Europe Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today echoed Sir John Major’s remarks on the EU, saying that the UK shouldn’t use ‘megaphone’ …

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Don’t lose sight of huge benefits of EU-US trade deal, say business leaders

13 January 2015

“A free trade deal between the EU and US would be of huge value to the UK economy, and the rest of the EU"- Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe The potential value of the EU-US free trade deal to the UK economy should remind negotiators to keep on track, say business leaders today. Despite …

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Business for New Europe responds to Commission work plan

16 December 2014

“We welcome the proposals being put forward and the decision to withdraw significant amounts of previously proposed legislation” – Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today responded to the publication of the European Commission’s Work Programme for …

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BNE emphasises need for effective measures to drive growth in forthcoming EU work plan

15 December 2014

Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today emphasised the need for measures to boost long-term economic growth in Europe, ahead of the publication tomorrow of the Commission Work Programme for 2015. The Work Programme is published annually and sets out how the organisation intends to …

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BNE HIGHLIGHTS POLLING OF YOUNG BRITONS AS ED MILIBAND SAYS 16-YEAR-OLDS SHOULD GET THE VOTE

8 December 2014

Business for New Europe recently commissioned polling by YouGov of young people aged 14 to 17. This is relevant to Ed Miliband’s stated intention to give the vote to people aged 16, on Leaders Live. Among other findings, the research for Business for New Europe showed that the proportion of young people saying they didn’t …

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BNE RESPONDS TO SPEECH BY DOUGLAS ALEXANDER ON BRITAIN’S PLACE IN EUROPE

8 December 2014

“EU membership is about the national interest. Investment, growth and jobs are at stake.” – Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New EuropeBusiness for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, responded to today’s speech by Douglas Alexander, Shadow Foreign Secretary, titled “Britain’s place in Europe: why the voice …

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BRITISH TEENAGERS MORE POSITIVE THAN ADULTS ABOUT EU MEMBERSHIP AND FREE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE

4 December 2014

Politicians calling for a referendum should clarify their view on a proposed voting age – Business for New Europe 4 December 2014 Independent research commissioned by Business for New Europe shows that British teenagers aged 14 to 17 tend to be more positive than adults about EU membership and the free movement of people. Young …

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BNE RESPONDS TO DAVID CAMERON’S SPEECH ON IMMIGRATION

28 November 2014

“We are concerned about seeming to threaten the EU with the possibility of British exit.”- Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, responded to the speech today by David Cameron, the Prime Minister.Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for …

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BUSINESS FOR NEW EUROPE PROPOSES MEASURES TO ADDRESS SHORT-TERM MIGRATION PRESSURES

26 November 2014

“The solutions to migration pressures will be found at home, not in Brussels.” – Alisdair McIntosh, Business for New Europe. 26 November 2014 Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today published a report calling for the government to take a series of practical steps to …

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BUSINESS FOR NEW EUROPE RESPONDS TO CLEGG’S PROPOSALS TO BACK BENEFIT CURBS

26 November 2014

“Politicians must be forthright when explaining the benefits of the single market, and practical when taking steps to address migration concerns.” – Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today welcomed the proposals put forward by Nick Clegg, …

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BNE WELCOMES EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S INVESTMENT PACKAGE

26 November 2014

BUSINESS FOR NEW EUROPE WELCOMES EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S INVESTMENT PACKAGE“This shows that Juncker gets the need to kickstart the European economy by boosting investment.” – Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe 26 November 2014 Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today welcomed the €315bn (£249bn) Investment …

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BNE REACTS TO OWEN PATERSON SPEECH ON EU MEMBERSHIP

24 November 2014

BUSINESS FOR NEW EUROPE REACTS TO OWEN PATERSON SPEECH ON EU MEMBERSHIP “OUR ECONOMY WOULD SUFFER AS OUR DIPLOMACY FLOUNDERED” – ALISDAIR MCINTOSH, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS FOR NEW EUROPE 24 NOVEMBER 2014Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today responded to the speech by Owen Paterson …

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Press Release: BNE responds to Yvette Cooper’s speech on Labour’s approach to immigration

18 November 2014

Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today responded to the speech by Yvette Cooper on Labour’s approach to immigration.Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe, said:“We welcome her suggestion of an EU Migration Impact Fund. This could help alleviate short-term strains on local authorities …

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Press Release: BNE comments on ECJ ruling on welfare benefits

11 November 2014

Business for New Europe today commented on the ruling by the European Court of Justice that member states can refuse access to social benefits for "economically inactive" EU citizens. The Court's ruling can be found here. BNE Director Alisdair McIntosh said: "This welcome ruling underlines the fact that there is room for manoeuvre within EU …

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Politicians need to lead from the front, not shout from the back

22 October 2014

Business for New Europe today responded to polling by Ipsos MORI showing that 56% of people would vote to stay in the EU, with just 36% in favour of leaving. The full poll is available under this link. Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe, said: “Many of the public recognise the important economic …

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Approval of Juncker Commission clears the way for a new push to reform the EU

22 October 2014

Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today commented on the approval by the European Parliament of the new European Commission, including Lord Hill as Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union.   Members of the European Parliament voted with 423 in favour …

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Press Release: BNE comments on Michael Moore MP’s proposals to improve EU business

21 October 2014

A new Europe Business Minister could be a real step forward but they must be able to “knock heads together” in Whitehall - Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe. Business for New Europe, the business group that makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today commented on the report by Michael Moore MP, who is …

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Press Release: Business for New Europe comments on EU referendum bill

17 October 2014

"When politicians treat EU membership as a political football in Westminster, they put jobs at risk across the country"- Alisdair McIntosh, Director of Business for New Europe   Business for New Europe, the business group which makes the positive economic case for EU membership, today commented on the EU referendum bill which is having its …

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Press Release: EU-Canada trade deal will boost UK growth and provides hope for the future

26 September 2014

The signing today of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada will provide great opportunities for British business and further deliver growth and jobs in the UK, say business leaders. As well as eliminating 99% of tariffs, Canada has agreed to open up federal and provincial public procurement to a …

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Press Release: New Commission line-up reflects British priorities

10 September 2014

The new Commission line-up announced this morning shows a determination to focus on British priorities of growth, reform and efficiency, according to business leaders, and gives the critical financial services brief to the UK's Jonathan Hill. Jean-Clause Juncker's decision to create powerful new Vice-Presidents for growth and competitiveness, better regulation and budget, while reducing the …

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Press Release: Business needs UK to use our influence in Europe: sceptics want us to lose it

1 September 2014

Claims that Eurosceptic Tory MPs will pledge to vote no in an EU referendum whatever reforms the UK secures, and that the UK lacks influence in Brussels and Strasbourg, sell Britain short, according to business leaders.  Commenting on recent press reports about Britain's influence in the EU, Alisdair McIntosh, Director of BNE, said: "The interests …

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Press Release: Brexit would be economically disastrous and threatening to leave won’t achieve reform

5 August 2014

  The claims by Boris Johnson’s chief economic adviser, Gerard Lyons, that the UK could be better off if it left the EU are plain wrong, warn business leaders.  Staying in the EU is better than leaving. Here’s why:   Free access to European Single Market is worth up to £80 billion year to the …

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Press Release: Government should do more to increase the number of Brits in EU institutions

21 July 2014

The government should do more to increase the number of Brits in EU institutions if it wants to maintain UK influence and secure reforms. Business leaders expressed concern about the imminent fall in the number of British officials in senior posts in the EU institutions, reported in an analysis by the British Bankers Association [footnote …

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Press Release: Leaving the Court of Human Rights would damage Britain’s standing and influence

17 July 2014

Mooted Conservative proposals would seriously damage Britain’s standing and influence in the world according to Business for New Europe. Reports that a future Conservative Government would pass a law to limit the role of the European Court are extremely worrying. It is strongly in the interests of ordinary UK citizens and any UK Governments to …

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Press Release: Scottish independence: road to EU membership could be long and uncertain

3 June 2014

A vote for independence would require Scotland to leave the European Union and apply for membership from scratch, because several Member States have reason to veto any short-cuts. That is a key finding of a new report by Business for New Europe, which says that 2019 is the earliest that an independent Scotland could expect …

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Press Release - UKIP success doesn’t mean Britons want to quit EU, say pro-European groups

27 May 2014

The rise of UKIP and Eurosceptic parties across Europe shows how crucial it is for Britain and the EU to reform and re-double efforts to make Europe an engine for growth and job creation again, say a group of pro-European organisations.   However, the results in the UK should not be read as an automatic …

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Press Release: Business leaders condemn Nigel Farage for branding Romanian migrants ‘criminals’

26 April 2014

Pro-European business leaders have condemned UKIP leader Nigel Farage for claiming that Romanian migrants had a "culture of criminality" and that Britons should be "wary" of Romanians who come and live on their street. Farage made the comments in a Guardian interview, where he also linked concerns over EU migration to the number of Romanians who …

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Press Release: ‘Brexit prize’ interesting exercise but shows how messy ‘out’ would be

9 April 2014

As the IEA announces the winner of its Brexit prize, with a theoretical blueprint for Britain outside the EU, pro-European business leaders said that although an interesting intellectual exercise in exploring what Britain outside the EU would look like, it simply highlighted how many different versions of ‘Out’ there are and didn’t address any of …

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Press Release: Business leaders welcome UK manufacturers’ support for EU membership

7 April 2014

Business leaders today welcomed the publication of a new report from the EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, that shows how manufacturers across a range of sectors are four square behind Britain's EU membership. It also illustrates how consensus is building across the business community on how reform can deliver jobs, growth and a more competitive Europe.    Business for …

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Press Release: Car manufacturers say British EU membership vital for industry

2 April 2014

Today's report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, The UK Automotive Industry and the EU, is a powerful reminder of what is at stake in terms of jobs, investment and revenues for one of our strongest manufacturing industries should the UK leave the EU.   An astonishing 92 per cent of automotive companies surveyed believe staying …

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Press Release:BNE, CBI & Siemens lead business welcome for clarity and certainty over EU referendum

12 March 2014

Business leaders today welcomed the clarification of the Labour party position on an EU referendum, saying it reduced uncertainty and meant that more time could be devoted to achieving concrete EU reform. They also said that consensus was now forming on the areas of reform Britain should be focussing on. Chairman of Business for New …

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Press Release: Business leaders clash over EU membership

28 February 2014

A year on from David Cameron’s EU speech at Bloomberg, business leaders today debated Britain’s future EU membership and what reforms are needed to make the EU more competitive. As German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in London discussing EU reform, Roland Rudd, Chairman of Business for New Europe said: “I think the government is absolutely right …

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Press Release: BNE challenges BfB report on “12bn costs” of Lisbon Treaty to businesses

24 February 2014

Leading pro-European campaign Business for New Europe has criticised Business for Britain’s report claiming that the Lisbon Treaty has so far “cost” British businesses £12bn. These “costs” are not proven, but estimates of potential costs of legislation as set out in Government Impact Assessments (IAs) before the legislation had been introduced.    -          Business for Britain’s report makes …

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Press Release: Boost to the Brits - Creative Industries to gain from EU-wide Music Sharing Deal

20 February 2014

The day after the Brit Awards showcased the best in British music, our hugely successful creative industries will feel a further boost after the EU adopted new rules allowing better access to online music across the EU. Business leaders welcomed the measures which mean that online music providers will no longer have to obtain separate licenses …

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Press Release: 30% boost to Britain’s trade in goods from EU membership

20 January 2014

Britain’s trade in goods is boosted by 30% due to EU membership, according to a new report published today by the Centre for European Reform (CER). The report also found little evidence that Britain’s EU membership has diverted trade from other major trading partners outside the EU.   Director of Business for New Europe, Alisdair McIntosh, said: …

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Press Release: Osborne reform push welcome, but treaty change not guaranteed, say business leaders

15 January 2014

Pro-European business leaders today warned that it was far from certain that treaty change for the whole EU would happen in the next few years, with several countries wholly opposed to holding the referendums which would result.   Business for New Europe, the coalition of business leaders, said it would be far more likely that …

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Press Release:Business for Britain Manifesto would dismantle the Single Market, say business leaders

14 January 2014

Proposals to exempt non-exporting UK businesses from EU rules would lead to the dismantlement of the single market, pro-European business group, Business for New Europe has said. These proposals are unworkable, bureaucratic and would create a disincentive for companies to export.   Chairman of Business for New Europe, Roland Rudd, said: “If Business for Britain’s plans …

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Press Release: Pro-EU campaign appoints senior official as Director

8 January 2014

Britain’s leading pro-European business campaign, Business for New Europe, has appointed senior government and policy expert Alisdair McIntosh as Director at a crucial time for Britain’s EU membership. McIntosh was Director of the UK Government’s Scotland Office from 2009-2012 and has a wealth of expertise in EU and domestic policy, having also worked for the Treasury, …

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Press Release - Government adopts Business for New Europe’s benefit reform recommendations

27 November 2013

Business for New Europe today welcomed the Prime Minister’s plans to tighten the benefits system, several of which were suggested in BNE’s migration reform paper Migration, making it work.   BNE had suggested a three month qualification period before EU migrants could claim Jobseekers’ Allowance on arrival in the UK, which would also have to …

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Press Release - Benefits of EU Membership worth 4-5% of UK GDP. says CBI

4 November 2013

In a significant piece of research into the costs and benefits of EU membership, the CBI concludes that it is overwhelmingly in Britain's national interest to stay in the EU, with membership bringing  4-5% of UK Gross Domestic Product every year, or £62-78bn.The report also calls for a series of reforms to streamline the EU …

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Press Release: EU-Canada Free Trade Deal could see £1.3bn annual boost to UK economy

18 October 2013

IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Business leaders today welcomed the conclusion of an EU trade deal with Canada that could benefit the UK economy and businesses by over £1.3 billion a year. The agreement will lower tariffs, streamline regulation and cut red tape that hampers trade. Latest BIS estimates suggest that UK exports to Canada would increase by …

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Press Release: Business leaders back EU reform plans

15 October 2013

Business leaders today welcomed the Prime Minister’s taskforce on cutting EU red tape, saying a real consensus is now forming around a concrete set of reforms to make the EU more competitive and business-friendly. Measures set out by the Prime Minster’s taskforce are broadly in line with the Business for New Europe manifesto for EU …

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Press Release - BUSINESSES NEED TO SPEAK OUT LOUDER ON BRITAIN’S EU MEMBERSHIP

8 October 2013

Business leaders today welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister’s ‘call-to-arms’ to business to speak up in favour of Britain’s EU membership. Business for New Europe, which makes the case for Britain’s membership of a reformed, more competitive EU, said that now more than ever, businesses have to spell out the reality of what being part of …

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Press Release - EU-US TRADE DEAL WOULD BE A HUGE BOOST TO UK ECONOMY, SAY BUSINESS LEADERS

24 September 2013

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24/09/2013  As new data is published in Washington on the potential US benefits of a transatlantic trade deal, British business leaders today highlighted the potential boost to the British economy, with gains of up to £10bn per year in national income expected. Britain would see the most significant benefits from the elimination of …

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Press Release - Japan is right - leaving the EU would risk jobs

21 July 2013

Press Release   Japan is right - leaving the EU would risk jobs   IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 21 July 2013   Business for New Europe, the pro-European business campaign, welcomed Japan's statement that "it expects that the UK will maintain a strong voice and continue to play a major role in the EU." In a submission …

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Over 170 senior business leaders and Business Secretary back EU reform agenda

30 June 2013

1 July 2013 Over 170 business leaders said today that reform of Britain’s relationship with the European Union needs to start now. Of the 171-strong list, over a quarter are business leaders from top-listed global companies supporting Business for New Europe’s Business Manifesto for Reform in a personal capacity - 35 on the FTSE, 8 …

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Press Release - UK residence rules for migrants are in line with EU law says business group

30 May 2013

The UK’s ‘habitual residence test’ is fully in line with EU law said Business for New Europe, a UK coalition of pro-European business leaders, responding to the European Commission’s infraction case against it.   “The residence element in the UK’s habitual residence test is fully in line with the principle clearly set out in EU …

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Press Release–Focus on migrant rules welcome, but measures should go further

25 March 2013

Pro-European business group, Business for New Europe, welcomed the Prime Minister’s focus on reforming immigration rules, but said the problem of migrants claiming benefits from day one was not addressed by his plans.   The Prime Minister proposed to limit Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) to six months unless migrants could prove they have a genuine chance …

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Press Release - Britain’s economy could be damaged by In-Out referendum

23 January 2013

The Prime Minister has set out welcome suggestions for reform of the European Union, opening the debate on how it can be made more competitive. But, he has also introduced considerable uncertainty into the UK economy by placing a question mark over Britain’s EU membership. Roland Rudd, Chairman of BNE said, “The overall vision is good …

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Press Release - The UK can work with EU banking proposals

12 September 2012

The UK can work with today’s proposals from the European Commission for banking regulation. They include a widely trailed move to put the regulation of the Eurozone’s 6,000 banks under one roof at the European Central Bank and bolster the European Banking Authority’s mandate to safeguard the Single Market. Phillip Souta, Director of BNE, said, …

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Press Release - Europe and America should ditch Doha, focus on transatlantic trade deal

21 June 2012

Europe and America should call for an end to the failed Doha negotiations and focus, amongst other things, on an EU/US trade deal, according to a report released by Business for New Europe, a UK coalition of pro-European business leaders. The report calls for an ambitious transatlantic free trade agreement in addition to reform of …

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Press Release - MPs call to push EU-USA trade deal and strengthen WTO

24 May 2012

The EU should pursue an ambitious EU-US trade agreement whilst seeking to strengthen the World Trade Organization. That’s the call from the newly elected co-chairs of the cross party parliamentary group on the European Union, Emma Reynolds MP (Labour), Robert Buckland MP (Conservative) and Stephen Gilbert MP (Liberal Democrat). A deal with the US would …

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Press Release - Merkel and Hollande need to form left-right grand coalition to save eurozone

15 May 2012

With the prospect of a Greek exit from the euro being openly discussed, Europe needs Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande to show political leadership, by agreeing a left-right settlement on austerity and growth. Phillip Souta, Director of BNE said, “Europe is approaching a crucial phase of the eurozone crisis.  Politicians are openly discussing a Greek …

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Press Release - Austerity without reform is pushing Europe to the limits

2 May 2012

The current focus on austerity is causing a severe political backlash across Europe.  Without structural reforms to the eurozone and plans to stimulate the private sector, Europe’s attempts to move beyond the crisis will come to nothing, says Business for New Europe, a coalition of UK business leaders. Phillip Souta, Director of BNE said, “Nobody …

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Scottish Membership of the EU would NOT be automatic

9 March 2012

A newly independent Scotland would not be guaranteed automatic entry into the EU following a vote for independence according to a report released this morning by Business for New Europe, a UK coalition of pro-European business leaders. The report highlights the fact that accession to the European Union requires changes to its founding treaties and …

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Press Release – EU must give Greece light at the end of the tunnel

21 February 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE This morning’s agreement was essential but more needs to be done. Phillip Souta, Director of BNE, states “This morning’s deal has eliminated the prospect of an immediate Greek default and the very dangerous and unpredictable consequences that would have followed.”  With estimates that Greece will not return to growth for a decade, …

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Press Release – Captains of Industry say leaving the EU would damage British business

9 February 2012

A recent Business for New Europe poll by Ipsos MORI shows that there is widespread agreement that UK withdrawal from the EU would damage British business.  In the IPSOS Mori ‘Captains of Industry’ poll, 73% of board level directors from FTSE 350, top 500 industrials by turnover and top 100 financial companies by capital employed …

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Press Release – The UK should get back in the room and push reform

30 January 2012

The European Council meeting in Brussels today should see an agreement on the draft fiscal pact.  The UK should get back in the room and push a reform agenda.  Roland Rudd, Chairman of BNE said, “Europe needs growth and structural reform.  The appointment of Mario Monti in Italy, Mariano Rajoy in Spain and Mario Draghi …

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Press Release – It is in UK’s interest for fiscal pact to be part of EU Treaty

11 January 2012

The euro+ treaty should be incorporated into the EU treaties as soon as possible. Following Monday’s meeting of European Liberal leaders in London, BNE fully supports the aim for the new euro+ treaty to eventually be incorporated into the European Union treaties. Phillip Souta, Director of BNE said, “We still need to see the final …

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Press Release - The Way Forward

14 December 2011

Business for New Europe held a meeting this morning with the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, the Business Secretary, Dr. Vince Cable, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne and senior backbench MP David Laws. The Deputy Prime Minister said that the Government was “absolutely determined” …

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EU Summit Outcome - Britain isolated, eurozone under threat

9 December 2011

It is a matter of enormous regret that we find ourselves in a minority of one following the EU summit this week.  The biggest question for British strategy is, why did we need this opt out and what were we trying to protect?  Common rules for the Single Market have been adopted by Qualified Majority …

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Press Release – The eurozone needs automatic sanctions

6 December 2011

The UK should support Germany in its push for automatic eurozone sanctions. At the beginning of the latest make-or-break week for the eurozone, the biggest political fault line is between France and Germany on how to enforce greater fiscal discipline in the eurozone.  President Sarkozy wants ‘political control’; Chancellor Merkel wants automatic enforcement by the …

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Press Release – European Commission is right to back eurobonds

23 November 2011

BNE calls on eurozone creditor states to accept eurobonds as part of the solution to the euro crisis. The Commission today is throwing its weight behind the idea of eurobonds as part of the solution to the sovereign debt crisis in Europe.  Germany opposes such measures on the grounds that they would introduce unacceptable moral …

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Press Release – EU referendum vote is a distraction

24 October 2011

The motion being debated today in the House of Commons on whether to have a referendum on UK membership of the European Union should fail for a whole host of reasons but two stand out. Phillip Souta, Director of BNE, said "a referendum on our membership of the EU would be a huge distraction at a …

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Press Release - Cut the EU budget to boost the EU’s credibility

10 October 2011

BNE calls for radical shift in EU spending to promote growth; 10% EU budget cut.  As EU Ministers meet today to discuss the shape of the EU’s budget from 2014 – 2020, the argument is between those who want to increase spending or freeze it.  No one has made a credible case for reductions yet, …

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Press Release – ‘Big Bang’ Solution Needed to Allow Greece to Default Within Euro

29 September 2011

  BNE calls for the UK government to get behind the “big bang” solution to the eurozone crisis. Mrs. Merkel’s success today in gaining the Bundestag’s support for the recently agreed extension to the EFSF, without having to rely on opposition votes, is a sign that the eurozone might be getting ahead of the markets. …

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BNE Chairman Roland Rudd opens Westminster conference on UK’s relationship with EU

5 September 2011

This morning, Roland Rudd, chairman of Business for New Europe opened a conference organised by Bill Cash MP at Westminster on the importance of the UK taking a positive and leading role in the European Union. In order to bring about stability within the eurozone, there are growing calls that a new treaty effecting euro …

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Press Release – EU Financial Transaction Tax is a red herring

18 August 2011

  BNE opposes calls for the establishment of an EU Financial Transaction Tax.   On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy met in Paris to reassure global markets that steps are being taken within the eurozone following the market volatility seen in recent weeks.   Business for New Europe (BNE) supports Chancellor …

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Business leaders support Brits in Brussels

3 February 2011

Business for New Europe (BNE), the coalition of pro-European business leaders, endows €14,000 BNE Scholarship for UK national to go to College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium or Natolin, Poland. BNE strongly supports the need for British representation in the institutions of the European Union.  Currently, the UK makes up 12% of the EU’s population …

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74% of business Leaders Show Support for the UK’s membership of the EU

19 December 2010

Press Release   Business for New Europe commissioned an Ipsos MORI poll on business leaders’ views about the possible side effects of the UK withdrawing from the EU. The results of our poll received this week showed that 74% of business leaders believe the UK’s withdrawal from the EU would be damaging compared to 22% …

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