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EU Referendum a Distracting Noise

Kevin RogersIn response to the publication of David Cameron's four key demands to remain in the EU, Kevin Rogers, Chief Executive of Paycare and Vice President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce said: “There is not enough time to deliver treaty changes before the proposed referendum is held. The referendum is a distracting noise for businesses allowing for conflation between migration concerns and economic issues. On the one hand growing businesses need to be able to attract skilled people from anywhere in the world – our education system seems to be incapable of supplying us with an adequate supply of work ready and skilled young people. This underperformance is costing us £1 billion per year!

“The Prime Minister seems to be missing an opportunity: closer union and the continued use of sterling are already within our control. In addition we understand that it is our own bureaucracy that leads to red tape and not the EU. Our belt, braces, gold plate and rivets approach to legislation is putting businesses off.

“The most important things that the Prime Minister can do for the UK is to ensure that all EU countries follow the common market approach without exception and to ensure that the EU publishes much more information on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

“The referendum is a political issue to give the impression of strength and leadership. The real work lies elsewhere.”

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