The British Chambers of Commerce often provide insight where it is otherwise lacking but a problem with the whole of the EU debate is that everyone is talking in general terms. The time has come for specifics.
David Cameron needs to be explicit over what he and the Government want from the renegotiation process. Those making comment, such as the Chambers, likewise need be clear in what they want.
Without this, no-one will have any idea about whether the renegotiations have been successful and how to vote in the referendum.
With the general level of distrust there is in politicians and big business this will not help to 'solve' the European issue or put a lid on it. If there is not a shift towards greater clarity then there will be a lack of faith in the outcome of the discussions and potentially the referendum itself.
Business leaders have called on David Cameron to secure opt-outs from European Union directives as part of Britain’s renegotiated membership of the single market. Ahead of this week’s EU leaders’ summit, the British Chambers of Commerce has set out five key priorities as part of a new deal with Europe. It warned Mr Cameron not to waste the opportunity to secure meaningful reform by saying that there would be deep concerns if “issues central to the country’s prosperity are overlooked or compromised at the negotiating table”.