As it’s now under three weeks to go to the referendum date of June 23rd, I would like to give my personal views with 10 reasons to stay as part of the European Union. I know there has been many points shared on both sides of the campaign, but these are the strongest points I feel should be considered for remaining in the EU:
- In regards to economic stability almost 9 out of 10 economists working across business, the city, academia and industry believe our economy will be halved during Brexit in a recent survey; http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/28/economists-reject-brexit-boost-cameron
- The EU directly pays for much UK science research and innovation; with scientists agreeing that because of funding being a low priority from the UK government the loss of this money would be a disaster, and science works without borders to share expertise; http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2015/may/13/eu-science-funding-the-uk-cannot-afford-to-lose-out-on-this-pot-of-money
- EU laws help us protect Britain’s environment and wildlife, and the RSPB and the World Wildlife Fund UK say they believe that staying in the EU would be the safer option for Britain; http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-wildlife-groups-rspb-wwf-uk-back-remain-a7060231.html
- The EU negotiates trade agreements together with the world. If leaving the EU Britain would have to renegotiate trade deals alone with the UK becoming a lower priority for other counties to negotiate a new trade deal; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/the-truth-about-britains-trade-outside-the-european-union/
- Over 1.3 million British citizens live throughout the rest if the EU in countries like France and Spain, just as EU citizens have moved here; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/18/eu-facts-what-would-leaving-the-eu-mean-for-expats/ There are also thousands of UK students studying in Europe and easy travel without a visa is available.
- The EU has helped secure peace in Western Europe and now into Eastern Europe, with the 70 years of peace since the end of the Second World War can be seen as resulting from the EU; http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/feb/23/the-eus-part-in-70-years-of-peace-in-europe
- Equal pay and anti-discrimination rulings are enshrined in EU law, with projections of average weekly wages being £38 lower by 2030 if Britain votes to leave; http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-brexit-will-cost-workers-38-a-week-in-wages-says-tuc-a7058491.html
- Cross-border collaboration is essential to effective tackling of crime and terrorism in the UK. To remain safe the sharing of intelligence, pooling of resources and joint working across Europe would be in danger by leaving; http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/02/eu-referendum-uk-exit-bad-for-crime-fighting
- In EU consumer law is the concept that, generally, a shopper in any member state cannot be charged a higher price when buying products or services owing to their nationality or country of residence; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35843016 This has been shown with lower mobile phone roaming charges, lower credit card fees, cheaper flights and proper compensation when flights are delayed or cancelled from being an EU member.
- Final point is a vote to leave would mean these 10 figures in Business, Science and Entertainment are wrong; Lord Alan Sugar, Professor Stephen Hawking, Emma Thompson, Sir Richard Branson, Eddie Izzard, Karren Brady, Sir Patrick Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Carney & Danny Boyle.
June 23rd will now come up fast and remember to use your vote in this important decision, and the closing date to register is Tuesday 7th.