Commenting on today's negotiations on the UK's opt out from the Working Time Directive's 48 hour maximum working week, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said:

"The UK Government must maintain its support for the UK opt-out and not back down to pressure from other EU countries."

"Losing the opt-out from the maximum 48 hour working week would erode the UK's competitive edge and seriously set back EU objectives to boost growth and improve competitiveness."

"The BCC has always strongly supported an effective and genuine opt-out from the 48-hour working week and strict safeguards to prevent abuse. Both employers and employees value the flexibility to choose the option of working longer hours."

"Other EU leaders must wake up to the pressures our firms are facing in a fiercely competitive global economy."