Daniel's call to make trade easier for small businesses wins backing in the European Parliament

Daniel's report into obstacles to trade within the EU has just won approval from an overwhelming majority of MEPs on the European Parliament's internal market committee. Tariffs were eliminated half a century ago, yet technical standards and red tape continue to prevent the EU Single Market from achieving its full potential, hurting consumers who face higher prices and less choice and damaging small businesses ability to grow. The report identified some of the many types of non-tariff barriers to trade that remain in the single market, such as non-recognition of product testing, and called for a renewed push on eliminating them. Speaking after the adoption of his report today, Daniel said: “Businesses and consumers may no longer have to pay tariffs when buying or selling from other EU countries, but they do often face a nightmare of red tape. Many businesses in the West Midlands tell me that it is easier to trade between Birmingham, UK and Birmingham, Alabama than it is to trade within the EU." "Larger companies can often navigate these obstacles, but a lot of small businesses give up before they've even begun when faced with a sea of protectionist rules." “Of course we are not talking about harmonisation, there are times when competing visions of regulation can encourage competition, but there are still far too many unnecessary rules in place." “It is consumers who suffer the most due to less choice and higher prices. If EU governments are serious about making the single market work then we need a real and genuine push on tearing down the walls that impede trade.”