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FSB to champion small firms’ European plight

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has pledged to wave the banner for SMEs in the EU referendum campaign.

The announcement comes after the Federation attended a Europe roundtable event for businesses at Number 10 yesterday.

Mike Cherry, policy director for the FSB, said: “It’s very clear what our members want from the Prime Minister’s EU negotiations and from the wider EU reform agenda.


Boost to economic growth

“Small firms seek measures to boost cross-border trade and economic growth – the completion of the single market, simplification of VAT, a smarter approach to regulation and protection of the UK opt-out from the Working Time Directive.

“The Prime Minister has written to FSB in response to our calls and we welcome the drive to improve EU competitiveness and place smaller businesses at the heart of reform.

Prime Minister David Cameron arrived at a summit in Brussels yesterday to meet with other European leaders. It is hoped that a deal on Europe will be reached in the next day, to prevent delays to the UK’s Brexit referendum, which is scheduled to take place on 23 June.


Impact on small businesses

Cherry added: “As we approach the referendum, FSB members will seek practical and impartial evidence on the impact on their businesses of remaining within or leaving the EU.

“We will be putting questions directly to both the leave and remain campaign groups once they are appointed by the Electoral Commission, and demanding the information that smaller businesses owners need before casting their vote.”