Conflicting business interestsCBI director general John Cridland has admitted that should there be an in-out referendum, the organisation would probably campaign to stay in: "It is difficult to conceive of a situation where we would do the opposite." Exiting the EU should certainly mean that the Government will be able to amend or repeal regulations emanating from Brussels by pushing appropriate legislation, such as enabling acts, through Parliament - something that is difficult to do as an EU member state. Should such repeals or amendments be contentious, however, there is likely to be concerted opposition within and outside of Parliament, so employers should not think that a UK outside the EU will be able to dispense with many employment-related regulations.
Nevertheless, as Philip Landau, employment lawyer at Landau Zeffert Weir, says: "The difficulty with changing existing EU directive
The difficulty with changing existing EU directives is that once they are adopted, they are almost impossible to remove."
Philip Landau, Landau Zeffert Weir