ByPhilip Baker a member of one of the “SY2E – Remain in the EU” groups.
The Brexit campaign goes on and on about the ‘burden of red tape’ forced on small businesses by the EU. What they never seem to do is to give examples of what red tape they are talking about.
Until fairly recently I ran a travel company, organising tours in the UK and in continental Europe. I did this for about 10 years. I was not aware of any EU-imposed red tape at all – nothing in fact. Obviously I had to follow the essential and sensible rules for tour operators, and I had to deal with VAT of course. But these were routine matters and not particularly burdensome, and I would certainly have had to do the same if the UK was not in the EU.
So what exactly is all this ‘red tape’ that they say is being imposed on small businesses by the EU? Can anyone give some examples?