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EU directives boost business, not hinder it

Published 17/11/2015

Having read the letter from Harry Tomlinson (Write Back, November 12), some clarification is called for.

Mr Tomlinson states that "all those weighty EU directives and regulations merely act as a ball-and-chain to trade and investment".

In fact, the EU single market only exists because there are EU directives and regulations - in other words, agreed rules - which replace the national rules of the EU's 28 member states and, thus, mean less red tape, not least for Northern Ireland exporters. This has been a huge boost to trade and investment - not a "ball and chain".

It will also be of interest to readers to know that the UK was largely behind the impetus for the single market in the first place.

COLETTE FITZGERALD

Head, European Commission office in Northern Ireland

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