Adam Bell recently wrote a blog asking the current Lib Dem Europe shortlisted candidates what powers they thought should be repatriated from the EU. Here is my response:
“With the current state of the economy our focus should be on rebuilding jobs. In the EU the majority of jobs, over two thirds of all EU employees are employed in small and medium sized enterprises. When it comes to job creation small businesses have been responsible for around 85% of all jobs in the past 10 years.
Government should always be conducted at the lowest level to which it is appropriate, so when it comes to small local businesses the EU is not best placed to know the needs of the smaller communities. We should be looking to repatriate powers which would allow small businesses to thrive, to cut the red tape and help grow local businesses, they truly are the lifeblood of our community.
That said, this question frequently asks what powers should be repatriated, but rarely looks at which powers should be dealt with more at the European level. Working cooperatively with our neighbours we can achieve a great deal more as the EU than as the UK when it comes to foreign affairs and trade agreements.”
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