Reasons to Stay



1. Jobs

Around 3.5 million British jobs are directly linked to British membership of the European Union’s single market – 1 in 10 British jobs.

2. Exports & investment

The EU buys over 50 per cent of UK exports (54 per cent of goods, 40 per cent of services).
Over 300,000 British companies and 74 per cent of British exporters operate in other EU markets.
American and Asian EU firms build factories in Britain because it is in the single market.

3. Trade

The EU negotiates trade agreements with the rest of the world. Outside the EU Britain would have to renegotiate trade deals alone. While the EU is the world’s largest market, a UK outside the EU would not be a high priority for other counties to negotiate a trade deal.

4. Consumer clout

British families enjoy lower mobile phone roaming charges, lower credit card fees, cheaper flights and proper compensation when flights are delayed or cancelled. These sorts of benefits could not be achieved by Britain alone.

5. Clean environment

Through commonly agreed EU standards, national Governments have achieved improvements to the quality of air, rivers and beaches. Good for Britain and good for Britons holidaying or living abroad!

6. Power to curb the multinationals

The EU has taken on multinational giants like Microsoft, Samsung and Toshiba for unfair competition. The UK would not be able to do this alone.

7. Freedom to work and study abroad – and easy travel

1.4 million British people live abroad in the EU. More than 14,500 UK students took part in the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange scheme in 2012-13. Driving licences issued in the UK are valid throughout the EU.

8. Peace and democracy

The EU has helped secure peace among previously warring western European nations. It helped to consolidate democracy in Spain, Portugal, Greece and former Soviet bloc countries and helped preserve peace in the Balkans since the end of the Balkans War. With the UN it now plays a leading role in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and democracy building.

9. Equal pay and non-discrimination

Equal pay for men and women is enshrined in EU law, as are bans on discrimination by age, race or sexual orientation. This benefits Britain and British people who live in other EU countries.

10. Influence in the world

As 28 democracies, and as the world’s biggest market, we are strong when we work together.
Britain is represented in many international organisations in joint EU delegations – giving Britain more influence than it would have alone. The EU has played a major role in climate, world trade and development.

11. Cutting red tape

Common rules for the common market make it unnecessary to have 28 sets of national regulations.

12. Fighting crime

The European Arrest Warrant replaced long extradition procedures and enables the UK to extradite criminals wanted in other EU countries, and bring to justice criminals wanted in the UK who are hiding in other EU countries.

Eurojust helps UK authorities work with other EU countries’ to tackle international organised crime such as drug smuggling, people trafficking and money laundering.

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13. Research funding

The UK is the second largest beneficiary of EU research funds, and the British Government expects future EU research funding to constitute a vital source of income for our world-leading universities and companies.

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  • Britain’s exports to the EU represent over 12% of our GDP. The rest of the EU’s exports to Britain represent just 3% of its GDP. If we didn’t get a trade deal, we’d have to rely on the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The problem is that the WTO works well for goods (where the Germans are strong) and doesn’t do much for services (where the UK is strong). We wouldn’t be able to put many restrictions on German and other exports to us, but they’d be free to shut us out of their services markets, including finance. Yet another problem is that some EU countries might see us leaving as an opportunity to slice up parts of the City and entice it to Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam or Dublin and to attract some of the large flows of foreign direct investment that now come to Britain, in part so that businesses can access the entire EU market. This would give some EU countries an incentive to stop us getting full access to its market post-Brexit.

    A good mythbust video:
  • Just to clarify as possibly one point might have been misunderstood…

    We buy more from the EU than we sell to them. ie if we can’t buy from them cheaply/efficiently then we’ll simply buy from elsewhere.

    We hold the ace card. It is the companies in the EU that will have to find new customers if they can’t sell to us due to EU traiffs, not the other way around!
  • The trouble is you wont be the person that has to find these new customers, who are fighting to buy our overpriced goods.

    Adding to our problems will be that the price of raw material to us from abroad will increase, including our energy – Because the ‘No Fracking’ fraternity along with the ‘Not in our Backyard’ and ‘Foreigners Keep Out’ Brigade – Oh and I nearly forgot the Global Heating Lobby, are even more active than Brexit. Why everything is looking ‘Rosy in the Garden’.
    More realistically Shakespeare might say as Hamlet – When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions".

    I hope you buy all British product’s – Fish, Fowl. Meat, Manufactured Goods, including IT and don’t go for the least expensive items?. Should insanity prevail and if we leave the E U, then don’t go and work abroad.
  • Yes indeed Beppe! The UK has a trade deficit with the EU, i.e. we buy much more from them than they buy from us…. If the EU is economically hostile to the UK in the event of a brexit (as this Junker has suggested over the weekend and we can’t buy from them cheaply without a stinging tariff, then guess what?….We’ll simply have to take out business elsewhere…..

    I wonder what the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Airbus, VW Volkswagen and all the other EU suppliers to the UK will do to their governments and the EU if they lose our business?

    Remember, we are, after all, the 5th largest economy in the world…. Now, who’s in the driver’s seat then?
  • I’m not interested in the myths about the E.U. . What bothers me are the facts.
    I’ll vote to restore our democracy like Mr Aaron and I don’t care if, as Cameron warned on the 10th of March … “the price of socks and gloves could rise.”
    It won’t be logical that the EU would hider trade with the U.K. since 4.5 million jobs in mainland Europe depend on it. Don’t panic …. vote out.
  • Strange reasoning when you consider China, America, India, they really must break up into smaller units.
    What perhaps more people who place their considered views, should perhaps access and read some of the information provided by this site, Especially concerning the ‘Myths about the E U’
  • Gentlemen, I would not give up OUR democracy for the sake of a European political union which the majority of people don’t want.

    As the saying goes….“Too many cooks spoil the broth” and 28 countries + is far too many to keep peace, and “one size fits” all for 500m people will bring quite the opposite of peace.

    Now, all those in favour say ‘aye’….
  • This is not a question about whether Sky or Virgin provide the best broadband, it is a question about the development of history, about how we will approach the challenges of the future, and the present challenges such as the relationship of European countries and the U.S., our attitude to conflict in the Middle East. You are talking like it’s about which flavour of crisps we get at our break.
  • The EU was conceived from the pain of the European history of conflict. The continental countries are seeking a lasting solution that will resolve this conflict. The British are in Trafalgar Square, staring at Nelson’s Column. Perhaps you should leave, as you are only interested ourselves.
  • Forget the what the pollsters say….those figures are nonsense.

    Can you just gauge the sentiment of feeling on the EU in this country? – all you have to do is read the comments on this forum and those on facebook, in particular David Cameron’s page….

    The referendum without doubt is going to be a landslide victory to the leave side… the pure depth of feeling on this issue is plain to see on social media – that’s the real poll on this matter.
  • 1 Jobs.

    No one is suggesting that we leave the European single market. Many European countries have access without being in the EU – eg. Iceland. The vote is to leave the European Political union.
  • If these are the reasons lets get out. I think we can make our own rules on polution and pay. We are buying the reasearch fund by giving the EU far more money than we recieve. We will remain in the trade union so we will still have thr european putchasing power. Lets stop funding weaker countries, 5 more poor countires are joining the EU that need support. Lets build the UK
  • Hello again Kenneth,

    You want positive reasons? Here you go….
  • Have you watched the – BREXIT THE MOVIE ? I found there was not one positive comment on what we will be able to do, when we exit the Market. The video I felt contained just a mass of opinions – Where was the backing evidence? I found it far to long and repetitive, so that finally I lost interest and filed it away as ‘Propaganda’.

    If we do decide to Exit the E U – Who will lead us into these new lands of peace and prosperity? If we exit, will it require a new election, with manifests laid out as to how those elected intend to proceed to steer the country?

    The assertions, arguments and stands taken by every politicians, be they – ‘Fore or Against’, will be most interesting, seeing what each of them have vowed?
  • I think the euro is in severe trouble and is a failing currency. If it folds, the EU will go with it. Many euro Banks Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Greece plus others are sailing close to the wind, regarding huge debts. Northern Rock, RBS and Bradford and Bingley come to mind. If we remain in, I feel we will have to prop up the euro which will costs us. Merkel, I believe will not let the Deutche Bank fail, but it would mean a bail out. If the other Banks follow suit, it will cost us either way. Legarde IMF, is coming over to give the U.K a speech, but I do not think she will mention the state of these Banks. If she is honest it will be bad to very, very bad for us, no matter which way jump! The EU is sinking fast. Merkel, has a plan by offering 100 thousand immigrants, the chance to work for 1 euro an hour for 20 hours a week? This is on top of the benefits the German, people pay them. I feel this will cause minimum wage earners to lose their jobs and will cause much harm to the German people. They are to be treated as slaves, it will be cheap for German companies to employ them and save on a wages bill. I do not want to be part of this! If the EU thinks it is okay to employ migrants/refugees below their own countries minimum wage, it would be like a whole new chapter in slavery. I am voting out no matter what the consequences are! It is just plain wrong to be part of something like this.
  • Good evening to you Kenneth, (and everyone else reading)…

    Aside from the reasons listed in the links I posted, this next reason is by far the biggest reason to vote for Brexit…..

    DEMOCRACY – that sacrosanct right for the people of this country to elect and unelect as necessary their leaders and law makers.

    In case you haven’t yet seen the film in the second link (,
    the EU – our despised law makers, are run by people who are unelected, and there is no facility to remove them through the ballot box….None whatsoever.

    For that reason, and that reason alone, the people of this Very Great Britain are going to overwhelmingly vote to leave, and you should too, Kenneth.

    Moving on to address your points…

    The ‘killing reasons to leave’ are in the first link – Have you had a chance to read them yet, Kenneth?

    1. I have a friend who is a landlord and has many east-European tenants….and he says the reasons for rents being so high is simple economics….. many immigrants coming here chasing limited housing, and he simply offers his properties to the highest bidders. That in turn increases property prices, because property investors are willing to pay more to get that all important (and rising) rental income.

    2. Furthermore, a lot of immigrants do manual jobs, simple law of economics again…. a lot of supply, so wages go down.

    If the levels of immigration into this country are somewhat controlled, rather than being completely unlimited from the EU as at present, this will ease rents, and workers’ wages will rise.

    3. I could never imagine EU countries not sharing intelligence with us and vice-versa, say about an impending terrorist attack because we weren’t part of EU – it’s pure clap-trap. If they wouldn’t share that kind of info with us, who wants them as friends anyway!

    Come on Kenneth, join us….. VOTE LEAVE on June 23rd – you know you really want to!
  • When arguing to change an existing situation, its normal to put forward your case with positive arguments, which convert people to your point of rule. Saying that everything is wrong and will be made right if you change, convinces nobody.

    When I change my Gas or Electricity Supplier, I do it because they show me a positive reason and not a general assurance that everything will be alright if you swap to us? So where are your Killing reasons to leave the EU?

    Are you saying that unemployment will fall, with more jobs becoming available?
    Pay levels will increase?
    That more houses will be built and rents come down?
    That prices will come down and Living standards rise?
    That our Taxes will be reduced?
    We will be safer as a Nation from attack?
    When we travel abroad we will be welcomed with open arms.
    Our laws will be improved to all our benefits?
    Employers will ensure safer working standards and negotiate fairly with their employees?
    Products and food standards will be improved ?
    What reasons will overseas businesses see to attract them to invest here?
    Will smuggling of illegals into this country cease and visitors and people who arrive
    legally through ports and airports, are stopped from disappearing and not leaving?
    Do you have a magic way of enforcing other countries into taking people we want to get rid of?
    How will you treat people entering the country via Scotland and Ireland?
    If we cant already enforce many rules and laws which exist, such as making foreign visitors pay for health services, how will you set about enforcement?
    I am sure there are countless other questions that people want answered with a degree of certainty
  • None of the above reasons on this site are anywhere near compelling enough for me to vote to stay, and many of them can be achieved WITHOUT the EU!

    Now go compare with the other side of the story….

    See this link

    and watch this film
  • Dribble either way
  • Some much to loose,………
    it escapes me how some English people think that the British economy can stay as strong as it is currently by isolating itself and becoming a drop in the ocean.
  • The funny part of this campaign is that the remain have the most incompetent bunch of has bins pushing the EU. The problem is that they seem to know this and have now started to get dirty with false allegations directed at the brexit leaders. Its like watching a spoil t toffee boy trying to climb out of a crime he has just committed after being court with his hands in the till. Wake up Cameron, we are not as stupid as you.
  • “Around 3.5 million British jobs are directly linked to British membership of the European Union’s single market – 1 in 10 British jobs” …….. Let’s finish the sentence.. “and around 4.5 million mainland European jobs are directly linked to trade with the U.K. therefore the E.U. would be very interested in maintaining the status quo after Brexit”
  • Is that genuinely all you have!
  • It seems the remain supporters are not telling the truth. They are going all out to con the ignorant into thinking the EU is the way to the future. You dont need a degree in Law to see the EU is completely corrupt, under the control of the business sector and as far from being democratic as you can get. It stinks of crime yet Cameron wants to stay. There is something seriously wrong.
  • Standing steadfastly in the Cameron camp are : Neil Windbag Kinnock, Gordon Alzheimers Brown, Tony War Criminal Blair, Paddy Ashdown , Vernon Where’s My Brain Coaker and the barely visible Wurzel Corbyn .. not like those inferior yesterday’s men in the OUT camp ,eh Mr Goss ?
  • By ignorance I take it that you mean ‘Those who disagree with your views’. Sounds Like Boris and his reference to Hitler.

    This is not an argument about personalities, with their lies, threats and innuendos. It is perhaps a realisation that the ‘Days of Empire’ no longer exist, so we either work with other people to improve the common good, which doesn’t always mean getting your own way and threatening to leave home.

    I have yet to hear one compulsive argument, why I should abandon a system, with all its imperfections, which appears to work? and strike out on our own. it reminds me of the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’, a complete misunderstanding of the situation, so lets hurtle into the unknown, sure of our invincibility.

    And after the savaging, to give out plaudits and honours to those who led us into the very Jaws of Disaster and ignore all the ruined lives left across the field of somebody elses miscalculations. Another glorious victory? For a nation of Lions led by Donkeys
  • Seems David Cameron has realized he cant win this campaign on facts so he is throwing everything that is bad at the people hopping the ignorant people will vote to stay in. This will show if we are as stupid with the need for a smarter person to lead us, or we are a smart country with a back bone and willing to look after ourselves. David Cameron is on a real downer with this scam of his, seems he has screwed up big time.
  • Immigrants often send money back to the family they left. This is a form of international cooperation which avoids the pitfalls of corrupt governments.
  • I regret my quotation from Rilke. It should read “Jeder Engel shrechlich ist”, but I still believe the out campaign are looking to a past which never really existed. Money causes corruption, the EU is not immune, only honesty can make government more efficient, and to be honest we need each other, to admit to our failings and discuss what has worked.
  • Next time someone comes along with a feasible ‘Scam’ why not take your savings out of the bank, where you are probably getting a low interest rate if any and buy into the scheme? You never know you might get lucky.