Commenting on the publication of a CBI report today [Monday] on the economic benefits of EU membership, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said:
"This compelling report makes a powerful business case for the UK's continued membership of the EU. EU membership is one of the reasons why Britain is an attractive place to invest - as businesses in India told me last week.
"Liberal Democrats know that we are all better off with Britain in Europe.
Commenting further, Catherine Bearder, Lib Dem Euro MP for South East England, said:
"Businesses, both large and small, are making it clear that EU membership is integral to Britain's success as a dynamic, open economy.
"We should be seizing the opportunities to create jobs and growth by playing a leading role in the EU, not putting our economic recovery at risk by pulling out.
"British businesses know that it is so important the UK lead not leave the EU."
The report highlights research showing that membership of the EU is worth approximately 4-5% of UK Gross Domestic Product every year, or £62-78bn, roughly the size of the economies of the north east and Northern Ireland combined.
"That figure equates to our membership being worth £3000 to every household in this country.
"That sort of money makes a huge difference to people's lives."
Antony Hook, Liberal Democrat candidate for the European elections next year said:
"This detailed CBI report is further evidence that the UK in Europe means British people in work.
"Liberal Democrats will push for positive reforms like those the CBI want like extending the Single Market to the service sector. That will provide huge opportunities for British businesses and create even more jobs.
"The EU is the world's largest economy and being in the EU is likely to get us the best trading access to the US, Asia and emerging economies. The case for being IN is strong and Lib Dems are the natural choice for voters who want to be IN."