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The European Commission announced today that it would be repealing and simplifying EU rules in several areas to reduce the burden of regulation, especially for small businesses.

County and West Midlands Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion commented:

"These proposals are a clear sign that by working together with our European partners, we can deliver an EU that is more competitive, more open and less bureaucratic.

"Simplifying EU rules in areas like health and safety, employment and the environment will cut unnecessary red tape for UK businesses, while ensuring they can continue to trade freely across the world's largest trading bloc.

"Liberal Democrats are already fighting to defend millions of jobs by making sure we remain an EU member.

"By slashing red tape for small businesses, boosting investment and making it easier for companies to trade abroad, we can help to create millions more."

John Allan, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, added:

“Micro firms are disproportionately affected by and most sensitive to the costs of regulation, and we have long highlighted the problems of ‘one-size-fits-all’ EU laws. We therefore are happy to see moves which simplify and reduce the burden of EU regulation on small businesses."


Notes to editors

The European Commission’s communication on regulatory fitness and performance (REFIT) can be found here: