The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for a moratorium on any new employment law from Europe, to give companies the freedom to focus on survival during the economic downturn.

In its European Union manifesto, the BCC also urged a "revolution in financial regulation" and a review of the way the EU and its member states legislate. David Frost, Director General of the BCC, said it was important that MEPs help employers to recover from the financial crisis.

"The commission should only propose new employment laws if they will make labour markets more flexible, create more jobs," he said.