Debate on Europe ‘letting Britain down’ – EEF

euroflag300Manufacturing bosses have hit out those who it says are “letting Britain down” by calling for a referendum on EU membership.

The voice of the manufacturers’ organisation EEF, is calling on the Prime Minister to hold good his promise of leading a proper, informed debate about Britain’s relationship with the EU. It believes the current debate is ‘letting British business down’ with politicians making claims that the EU isn’t working for Britain rather than focussing on how to make it work better.

The call comes ahead of the EU referendum amendment to the Queen’s Speech and on the back of the publication of a Draft Bill to enshrine this referendum in law.

Instead, EEF is urging the Prime Minister to lead a debate which will provide an informed choice for British businesses, those working for them and, current and potential investors.

EEF chief executive Terry Scuoler, , said: “Our future relationship with Europe is crucial for British business, those who work for them and those companies considering investing here. They deserve better than our politicians past and present lining up to say things aren’t working and that a vote is needed now. We need a debate that gives the British public the evidence it needs to make an informed choice about what it could gain from a reformed Europe.

“In January the Prime Minister promised to promote the benefits of the Single Market and work with like-minded states in Europe to create a union focused on growth, competitiveness and job creation.  Whatever their views, the rest of his party must commit themselves 100% to this approach for the benefit of Britain.”

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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