19 February 2016

  |  CBI Press Team


CBI responds to EU reform deal

The CBI has responded to the announcement of an EU reform deal secured by the Prime Minister.

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“UK businesses want to see changes to the EU that will put Europe on the path to a more competitive and prosperous future - the Prime Minister’s reform package looks to be a major step forward on that journey.

“Being part of the Single Market guarantees businesses tariff-free access to 500 million consumers in Europe and is a cornerstone of the UK’s economic success.

"These reforms protect the UK’s place and influence inside this important market and a renewed focus on EU competitiveness will help British firms succeed in creating jobs and economic growth at home in the years ahead. Firms will particularly welcome a commitment to reduce unnecessary regulation. 

"Most CBI members – though not all – have told us that being in a reformed EU is better for jobs, growth and prosperity. With a final deal now in place, we will consult our members to ask for their views once again.”