British retail industry calls for free trade across EU

Julian Harris
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BRITISH retailers face “bonkers” trade barriers that prevent them opening stores in some other European Union countries, a leading industry group will argue today.

Excessive regulations deter investment and deprive people of the benefits of free trade, the British Retail Consortium has said.

“I applaud the [European] Commission’s efforts to tackle discriminatory national legislation which makes it harder for UK retailers to invest in other EU countries,” said BRC chief Stephen Robertson.

“The BRC firmly believes in a fully open European single market for goods, services and capital,” the group has said.

Taxes and regulations against large retailers are partly to blame for the restrictions, the BRC will argue at the Conservative party conference.