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24 February 2015

Pro-European parties should unite around a UK vision for the digital single market

The UK is the EU’s leading digital economy and home to its biggest and most dynamic creative sector. That means the UK has most to gain and most to lose on the issue that European Commission president Jean-Claude Junker has put on the top of the EU’s to do list – building a digital single market. The next government will have to work hard to ensure that the digital single market develops in a way that works for rather than against UK interests and that is why TechUK applauded the paper published by the coalition government three weeks ago setting out a “vision for the digital economy” and the effective way it has engaged with EU officials and political leaders on the issues across Europe. That doesn’t mean TechUK agrees with every aspect of the UK government paper -there is much detail that needs to be ironed out, not least on copyright issues - but the battle for hearts and minds across Europe on the vision for the digital single market must be won first, and that is something all the UK’s pro-Europe political parties should be...

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