No delay on EU vote, urge North West business chiefs

Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech

Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech

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Business leaders have urged the Government not to delay on a vote to stay in or leave the EU.

And they have urged the Conservatives to steam ahead with the Northern Powerhouse plans.

The Coalition Government set the UK off on the road to economic recovery and this Government’s task is to get us safely over the finish line.

Darrell Matthews

Business champions were speaking in the wake of the Queen’s speech unveiled to Parliament yesterday.

Darrell Matthews, North West Region Director at the manufacturers organisation EEF, said: “The Coalition Government set the UK off on the road to economic recovery and this Government’s task is to get us safely over the finish line.

“The timing of the EU Referendum must be accelerated so that it does not become a drag on industry and investment, but overall the speech suggests that the Government stands shoulder-to-shoulder with business in wanting to see policies that support growth, productivity and jobs.”

The Queen’s Speech also inclouded a number of measures already raised by the Tories in the run-up to the election

Moves to cut red tape for businesses, the construction of a high-speed rail link between the North and South, and the creation of a Northern Powerhouse were among the plans unveiled.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Businesses tell us they want to remain in the EU, but a reformed EU.

“They want the Union to work better for them, now and in the future.

“The Government must pursue a reform agenda that gets the single market working properly for UK businesses trading in Europe and ensures the EU adopts a relentlessly pro-business, pro-growth agenda that minimises regulatory burdens.

“A referendum should be held as soon as is practicable to minimise further business uncertainty.

“Whilst we broadly welcome the announcement of an Enterprise Bill, which is intended to cut red tape for businesses by £10billion and, if carried out successfully could save businesses a lot of money.

“However we are mindful of when things like this have been done before, it has merely led to the creation of something else in its place.”