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ANSWER TO MIGRATION CONUNDRUM LIES IN IMPROVING SKILLS, SAYS BCC

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Date: 20/10/2014

Commenting on a speech made by European Commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso warning the UK against exiting the EU, Director of Research at the British Chambers of Commerce, Mike Spicer said:

“Arch Eurosceptics and Europhiles in all parties need to recognise that businesses are pragmatic about the EU, not ideological – and that debate over Britain’s future place in Europe must be rooted in hard evidence and good information.

“The answer to the UK’s migration conundrum lies in improving skills and training, rather than an arbitrary clamp-down. To compete on a global scale, we need to attract the best talent from across the world, and at the same time train our own workers with the world class skills they need for a secure and successful career. Competition and investment in skills are the only ways to raise standards.

“Our latest survey results show that firms believe a renegotiated relationship with the EU, rather than further integration or outright withdrawal, is most likely to deliver economic benefit for the UK. The prospects for UK business and trade would be improved substantially if meaningful EU reform were to take place. Our Business Manifesto is calling for safeguards for the UK and other non-eurozone countries in future EU decision-making – so that as eurozone countries look to integrate further, an architecture is in place to ensure non-eurozone states are not disadvantaged in the future governance of the Single Market.”