The conciliation process has started today in Brussels over whether to maintain an opt-out from the Working Time Directive. The UK is one of 15 countries that use the opt-out. Commenting, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:  

 

"This issue has dragged on long enough and sends a poor message to the rest of the world about whether Europe is open for business. 

It would be extremely foolish to try and end the UK’s opt-out, especially during a painful recession. The opt-out provides the essential flexibility that many businesses and their employees are relying on to get through this downturn.”