IPSE attends Downing Street meeting to ensure self-employed are heard in EU debate
IPSE Chief Executive Chris Bryce joined a high-level meeting of business leaders at Downing Street this afternoon (17 February) to hear directly from the Prime Minister about EU reform. The Prime Minister outlined what the proposed reform package will mean for UK business, including the self-employed workforce.
The deal’s commitment to cutting red tape and reducing administrative burdens will be welcome news for the UK’s 4.6 million self-employed; IPSE’s own research found that making regulation less burdensome was important to most freelancers (59%). A similar number (60%) called for greater scrutiny of EU laws by Member States, a concern the Prime Minister has addressed in the proposed deal.
IPSE surveyed over 3,000 independent professionals, contractors and freelancers in September 2015, and found that 61% would vote to remain in the EU, while only a quarter (24%) would vote to leave, with 14% undecided.
Chief Executive Chief Bryce commented: “A clear majority of our members want to remain in the EU, and the proposed deal shows a real commitment to making it easier to do business. Our members will welcome the Prime Minister’s efforts in ensuring they can maximise their contribution to the UK economy.
“Unlike employees, the self-employed are their own admin team – so any regulation that adds an extra burden to running their business holds them back. I was able to express this directly to the Prime Minister.”