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British business says NO to the EU constitution

British campaign against the proposed EU constitution - Vote No - introduces its business council which includes men and women who run businesses operating in every industry sector and across the UK.

“We are concerned that the Constitution may lead to a surge in red tape.”
Federation of Small Businesses


Coordination of employment policy. Article I-14 would give the EU a new general power to take “measures to ensure coordination of employment policies of the Member States”. The Government initially objected to this, but agreed to accept it as part of the overall agreement on the Constitution. The implications of this new power are completely unknown. Often in the past the EU has used the vague wording of treaties to expand its powers.

More EU powers over social security. Article I-14 would also give the EU new powers over social security, and Article III-168 would enable the EU to legislate over the entitlements of non-EU citizens working in member states. The national veto over the social security rights of migrant workers would be ended.

More powers in competition policy. The Constitution would make competition policy an “exclusive competence” of the EU.

More powers to influence our economic policy. The Constitution strengthens the EU’s “broad economic policy guidelines”. Member states threatened with censure under the guidelines would be prevented from taking part in the EU vote on whether or not they should be condemned.

More powers in trade policy. The Constitution would give the EU the same powers over foreign investment and trade in services that it currently has over trade in goods. This will make bilateral market opening agreements between member states and non-EU members (eg UK “open skies” agreements with the US), impossible. Because the UK economy is a global eader in services and inward investment, it is important for Britain to be able to negotiate in our own interest, and not allow our advantages to be used as a bargaining counter by the EU.

More EU powers over energy. The Constitution would end the national veto over energy policy. This could allow the EU to pass its planned directive on increased statutory reserve requirements for oil, which the UK industry association has warned could cost more than £3 billion.

Source: The European Constitution. What it means for your business.
Published by Vote-No


About 350 men and women signed up to the Vote No Business council and hope that the EU Constitution will be rejected - for the sake of their businesses.

Find here a list of all the council members