Up to 17,000 British haulage firms could go bust because from next month continental hauliers will be allowed to steal their business.
(Daily Mail, 11 June 1998, p33)
EU legislation on haulage firm permits does not just mean that foreign companies will be allowed to operate in Britain, but also that British firms will be allowed to operate on the continent. Successive UK governments have fought hard for this liberalisation because it will open up opportunities for British companies to expand abroad and may well result in the creation, rather than the loss, of jobs. Any disadvantage that British firms may face would be a result of higher taxes imposed by the UK government, for which the EU cannot be blamed.New EU rules will wipe out 17,000 lorry firms,