Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News and the founder of Reuters Breakingviews. He is also the author of "The In/Out Question: Why Britain Should Stay in the EU and Fight to Make it Better." Before founding Breakingviews in 1999, which he edited until 2012, Hugo spent 13 years at the Financial Times, the last five as Head of Lex. He began his journalistic career at the Economist. Hugo is also a budding philosopher. Follow him on twitter: @hugodixon
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The Labour opposition has a somewhat anti-business agenda, while the Conservatives want to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership. Next May’s election contest isn’t quite a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea, but it’s not a good one.
With the Scots voting to stay part of the UK, attention will turn to the next potential referendum: on whether Britain will remain in the EU. There are comparisons and contrasts between the two votes, as well as lessons to be learned.
To deliver the EU’s goal of a single capital market will require new regulation in some cases. But in others, regulation put in place in the wake of the financial crisis will need to be revised, because it is getting in the way.
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