Open Europe Blog

In a speech yesterday David Cameron cited Open Europe’s recent report which showed that the UK has spent more than £35 billion complying with EU employment, health and safety law in the last decade.

What he didn’t mention, is the report’s even more important findings that if the problem of EU regulation isn’t tackled, EU social and employment laws will cost a further £71 billion over the next decade, even in the highly unlikely event that no more regulations are added to the rulebook in this time.

In our view, the Conservatives should negotiate a blanket opt-out from all the social and employment related articles in the EU treaties, and bring control over these laws back to the UK, where we can scrap, amend or fine tune them to the needs of our own economy.

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