More open trade means more jobs, increased business opportunities, and cheaper goods for the consumer. That is why the ECR Group has been the driving force within the European Parliament on putting in place a number of important international agreements that will break down the barriers currently in place which prevent European companies trading with major economic powers around the world. The ECR Group is vitally aware that free trade and globalisation must benefit everyone, and that in any international trading agreements reached, law makers must be mindful of their effects on wages, jobs, local industry and the future of the EU’s economy.
The ECR Group knows that there are concerns about globalisation and widening the EU’s trading market. It is essential that we protect certain EU sectors from any shock effects. Therefore, we support opening our domestic market to non-EU products in a limited and controlled way, whilst ensuring EU products have improved access to non-EU markets, for our most popular exports. We believe that the EU’s free trade agreements must benefit consumers by offering them more product choice, a wider choice of services, and greater mobility for company employees.