By Phillip SoutaOne of the main reasons why the UK is so poorly represented in the European Union’s institutions is the fact that Brits are far less adept with languages than their continental cousins.
The report says that the UK is losing its standing in the world because many Brits cannot communicate adequately outside their own language.
Roland Rudd, the chairman of Business for New Europe, one of the members of the BBN, wrote that the urgency of the crisis is not getting through to the young. In his foreword to the report, he wrote that the UK’s comparative lack of language skills is, “inhibiting our businesses, our national prosperity and even our international standing.”
He went on to say that ,“Quite simply, British businesses will not remain competitive unless we can communicate effectively and interact with customers and partners around the world.”