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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  • The reasons given to remain are spurious and easily picked apart.The EU has be nice responsible for peace it is. N.A.T .O. Ten EU is the most cumbersome of institutions in the world taking forever to do anything it has hindered the progress of Britain it pretends to be democratic when it is the opposite Britain can and will fly when we leave the EU has done nothing for us other than misuse our hugely disproportionate large contribution.
  • I think it is time for the remainers accept that the majority of the voters want to leave and we all ,leavers and remainers,pressure the government to start working for the best deal we can get.
  • Why the hell don’t you give this a rest I am sick to the back teeth of people trying to stop this country being a democracy the out mob won the Vote and we have to abide by that decision so please stop this crap now grow up and let the peoples Desion stand.
  • The Conservatives got 36.9% of the vote in the 2015 General Election which was enough to make them the Government … Complain about that …. Not even a majority.
  • I’ve just joined because it is so frustrating hearing people talking about Brexit and acting as though anyone who disagrees is opposed to democracy. I just think it is a huge thing to decide based on 52% of the people who bothered to vote. Its not a huge majority and I am glad people are coming together to express their views that this should not happen.
  • Jo
    The EU is not more undemocratic than the UK system. Our laws come from think tanks via civil servants to MPs. Have you elected a member of the House of Lords or our head of state? No. Me neither. So I repeat the EU is no less democratic than the UK. I would hope the EU laws we adopt and accept, other than open borders, are no different to those we’d draft independently.
    But, if you live outside England the UK offers virtually no democracy.
    Scotland elected SNP 59 – All others 5 yet it has virtually no say in its affairs outside those the Westminster Government (England) considers it safe to devolve.
    I can not understand why those who would wish to secede from the EU appear to be hell bent on denying NI, Scotland and Wales a similar withdrawal from our dis-United Kingdom.
    I’m pleased you think my writing is eloquent especially as English is my second language.

    If this were a place to express views only no one would post more than once.
    However, I believe this is a place for debate but as it is called PRO>EUROPA I would contend the forum is intended to lean towards pro-European posts; ergo it is your viewpoint and those of some others which attempts to proselytise.
  • RDD__So you think that it does not matter about the Eu being undemocratic. It looks like you personally attack everyone who’s view you disagree with. I’m not going to stoop to your low level and insult you. This is supposed to be a place for people to give their views, seems you think that your eloquent approach will make people repent in the way they voted. By the way, very weak argument in your defence of your opinion.
    Get real. By the way my name is not Joh.
  • Joh Morris
    ‘corrupt, undemocratic society’ how thin is that mantra?
    ’ don’t seem to respect democracy’ You don’t seem to understand our democracy. Ours is a Parliamentary Democracy and it is with Parliament that sovereignty lies. The referendum (unless previously agreed and that has only happened once) is advisory to Parliament. If we were to accept referendum results would automatically become law there would be no need for Parliament.
    ‘Remain campaign are responsible for the recent fall in stock exchange’ Tin hat logic. The falls are because our government, or what semblance of a government we have, is committed to leaving Europe; even the Leave leaders acknowledged there would be a dip but not how fast, how far or how long. Before the vote 99.9% of people whose job it is to know how markets, money and the economy works forecast what would happen. THEY WERE RIGHT. The same is try about job creation and job losses.
    ‘his whole referendum was intended to have a fixed outcome, but things didn’t go according to plan.’ ? Do you think climate change is a conspiracy, there was no Holocaust , aliens are among us and Elvis is alive?
    There’s having different views and there’s bonkers.
    You were sold a lie, at least be man enough to accept the outcome of your actions.
  • Most of the claims on this page are speculative. Are we really supposed to stay in this corrupt, undemocratic society in order to get cheaper mobile roaming charges and travel. There are some good points but before I would support Eu there would have to be major reforms, these will never happen. Many young remain voters don’t seem to respect democracy and want a second vote, so they must be undemocratic too.
    Remain campaign are responsible for the recent fall in stock exchange and value of the pound, it only takes one so called expert to go on tv and talk down the economy and the investors will sell up shares in large numbers, then buy back at a reduced rate. they are making a fortune out of this. I voted out and have no regrets. This whole referendum was intended to have a fixed outcome, but things didn’t go according to plan.
    I have always said even if we vote to leave and win, the democratic majority of voters will be ignored if possible.
  • Back safely behind the sofa Rdd ?
  • Cabbage People, Krauts, Plebs.
    Maybe it’s time to call it a day.
  • I’m trying to be polite Rdd unfortunately it distracted you from the issue … the massive fraud the Krauts have inflicted on Europeans but … here it is in big writing ….. THE GERMANS CONTROL THE EU SO VW WILL HAVE TO PAY NO COMPENSATION TO EUROPEAN PLEBS.
  • Beppe – ‘cabbage people’, really? Childish name calling only demeans you.
  • V.W. have just agreed to cough up $15 billion for their diesel fraud to the Americans.
    Since the Cabbage People own the E.U. ,they won’t even have to cough up one yoyo to Europeans they conned.
  • Just back from local surgery where a group of pensioners were discussion the referendum. 6 agreed with a 7th that they had given Cameron a ‘bloody nose’. I asked one who I know quite well (I know all of them) what he meant. His reply was, ‘Well it’s a protest vote really. I’ll vote to stay in next time.’ Only one disagreed. All openly support the Conservatives Party.
    I am not naive enough to think that this view is common but it is worrying to think that many people have treated the referendum as they would an election.

    Apologies for typing Fafrage earlier – it was a slip and not intended to insult, when I wish to insult someone I do so intentionally.
  • Rdd, there is more then one book
  • Kenneth – you are welcome.
    Latest news about accepting the vote.
    The on line petition was set up by Oliver Healey, a Brexit activist who thought Remain would win after Farage said he’d not accept the result if we voted to remain.

    OH DEAR!

    Hook, line and sinker.
  • Keith -
    What evidence do you have that the EU is corrupt?
    Human life! What on earth are you on about?
    ’ The EU plays along side of the USA, China, Russia and Asia.’ You mean the places Fafrage has said we will trade with after we leave, after we cut ties with Europe and after we eventually agree trade links.
    ‘destruction it is doing to the environment’ it’s through the EU that our environments are improving and getting better.
  • The one thing that people tend to forget is that the EU is corrupt. It is there to cater for the rouge businesses and not the people. Money is the only language it understands and human life has a price tag on it. The EU plays along side of the USA, China, Russia and Asia. It has no interest in how much destruction it is doing to the environment and will continue to play monopoly with human life’s in pursuit of profit. We are far better of out as now they are being seen for what they really are.
  • Rdd – Congratulations for an excellent balanced summation of the situation.
  • Keith
    What nightmare? More conspiracy and hatred! Who are the reds of the EU?
    The very opposite of what you have written is true – EU wants us out as soon as possible.
    Cameron, Parliament and OUR procedures are holding up the invocation of Article 50.
    Before we joined the EU we were the envy of the World. What? We were sinking fast – three day weeks, power shortages, record post war unemployment, appalling housing, rampant child abuse, little in the way of equality, ‘domestic’ violence accepted, spiralling inflation, low wages and begging Europe to lets us join the club. We did in 1972 but the rot had already set in and the rest of the 70s hardly improve as it took time for the transition to take effect.
    Am I making that up? ‘Throughout the 1970s, the United Kingdom was sometimes called the “sick man of Europe” by critics of its government at home, because of industrial strife and poor economic performance compared to other European countries, culminating with the Winter of Discontent of 1978–9.’ It’s Wikipedia but other more detailed version can be found.
    What you are looking back to is utter rubbish like the piles of it that remained uncollected in the streets of out towns and cities.
    I loved the 1960s & 1970s but part from music, fashion and a few innovations it was anything but the envy of the world. That is a fantasy.

    And rather than, ’ Now we are an of shore rubbish dump for all the crap the EU doesn’t want.’ People are choosing to come here as nearly 2,000,000 Brits have chosen to live in Europe. Dumping? We are in the main attracting hard working, well educated and health young people and exporting old, expensive and contribution negative retirees.
    The EU is not a corrupt organisation. If you know it is provide evidence. The only dodgy dealing I can suggest are UKIP (and few others) vehemently refusing to release detailed accounts of their expenses and even voting to ensure it is not a statutory requirement. All other reputable MEPs automatically publish their financial dealings. What has UKIP got to hide?
    Your choice of language is shocking and your arguments based on fantasy.
    The EU doesn’t make money it provides the conditions for individual countries to make money. You fear big business yet trust Johnson, Gove and Farage? Wow!!!
    And, if we leave why do you want France and others in the EU to fail? You’ve got your ball so go home and play on your own.
    If you want to leave, fine. If you think we’ll be better placed to move forward, fine. But why do you need to insult and lie to justify your position?

    And here is the kicker for LEAVERS who keep banging on about sovereignty – the referendum is not binding because, ‘parliament is sovereign and referendums are generally not binding in the UK’. No special exception was made for this referendum so UK SOVEREIGNTY rules.
    ‘The simple answer to the question as to whether the EU referendum is legally binding is “no”. In theory, in the event of a vote to leave the EU, David Cameron, who opposes Brexit, could decide to ignore the will of the people and put the question to MPs banking on a majority deciding to remain.’ Guardian (Google the same in many other sources.

    Kenneth – wrote
    ‘Have you just heard the Statement that we have so few Civil Servants capable of negotiating Trade Deals that they have got to send them on Training Course – I’m not joking – check for yourself.’
    The idiom, ‘You don’t keep a dog and bark yourself’ comes to mind.

    We don’t have enough to undertake the huge amount of work that would need to be done because we haven’t needed them. Trade deals within the EU are set up with EU staff and agreed by the national representatives and governments. This is not EU dictatorship – it is EU efficiency. And, it is what saves our exporters £billions.
    We have only needed civil servants to set up trade agreements and protocols with countries outside the EU – of which we had enough. (It is still down to each import / export company to undertake the business of setting up trade deals.)
    I, and many Reaminers, have made the point many, many times and have, of course, been accused of project fear. Once out we will have to put in place a massive bureaucratic layer to undertake the work we’ve agreed to pay the EU to do on our behalf. Money not sent to Brussels will first have to pay for this organisation … and will be very expensive and slow. Johnson, Gove and especially Farage have led the country to believe we can leave on Monday and have everything in place to take over the world on Tuesday.

    Something else we’ve been saying is when things screw up those who have lied, twisted and cajoled people to hate foreigners will find ways to pass the blame on to the EU … as Kenneth & Keith have done in their latest submissions.
  • This is turning into a nightmare. It seems we have got our wish but the rouges in the EU are not going to let us go without taking us for a long and expensive exit. Before we joined the EU, we were the envy of the world. Now we are an of shore rubbish dump for all the crap the EU doesn’t want. We now have the opportunity to turn this around and start building a future for Britain that the rest of the world will want to follow. Remember, the EU is a corrupt project that was controlled by the rouge businesses who were only interested in making money at the expense of the environment. If France have a referendum and get out then there will be the chance to make a decent world instead of destroying it. The EU stinks and needs to be removed.
  • Have you just heard the Statement that we have so few Civil Servants capable of negotiating Trade Deals that they have got to send them on Training Course – I’m not joking – check for yourself
  • The decision has been made.We now need a strong pro british government to negotiate the best trade deals we can get.Also a british government who will take Britain forward globally in the future.Be confident we can be successful.
  • I think the Brexiteers were quite up front in explaining umpteen times that due to Article 50 nothing would change for 2 years.
    Wait 2 years and when we are in control of our own budget you can lay into them then if they don’t come up with the goods.
    If you got the impression they were going to sort the NHS out in a week , you weren’t paying attention,Rdd
  • Beppe – That’s because you are engrossed in conspiracy theories and can’t distinguish between fact and falsehood. Look at what Farage, Johnson, Gove and Patel are now saying. A very different picture is emerging.
    One that would not have been so enticing before the vote.
  • It wouldn’t surprise me that those bums in Bruxelles will slap another £3 billion surcharge on us before we go.
    We are still in it for 2 years and they can still pick our pockets whenever they like.
    ( Rdd … who’s phoning you up re your pension and how much are you paying ?… If you hand over your wallet for somebody else to look after …. you’re asking for trouble )
  • From Today’s Papers.
    It appears Cameron was underestimating the negative

    Q. Is the price of the weekly shop going to go up? by Ruki Sayid, Consumer Editor
    A.There’s no easy way to say it – Brexit is bad news for families who now face a 3% hike at supermarket checkouts, adding £120 a year to shopping bills.
    The longterm is just as gloomy as farmers and food manufacturers lose EU subsidies and with no Government plans to replace them on a like-for-like basis, costs will be passed on to consumers.
    For millions already struggling to put food on the table, higher grocery bills will be hard to swallow.

    Q. Is this good or bad news for the NHS? by Andrew Gregory, Health Editor
    A. The short answer is it’s not clear yet. The NHS Confederation, which represents 85% of NHS providers and commissioners insisted it was “impossible to predict the full impact at this stage”.
    But its chief executive Stephen Dalton warned it was “vital” the Government now get a “strong” deal with Europe that “recognises how interwoven NHS and EU policies have become”.
    Senior midwives, doctors and nurses all expressed fears that Brexit will hit NHS funding.
    One thing is certain. Brexit will not mean an extra £350million a week for the NHS saved from contributions to the EU. Nigel Farage admitted the Leave campaign’s claim was a “mistake” and he “can’t” guarantee the NHS will get any extra cash.
    In fact, it’s far more likely to receive less cash in the short term. This would mean fewer doctors, fewer nurses, and longer waiting times for patients.
    Q. What will happen to house prices and my mortgage? by Graham Hiscott, Business Editor
    A. The Brexit vote could have a big impact on the housing market. If it leads to another financial crisis, then it could drive up lenders’ funding costs which, in turn, might mean dearer mortgages for new borrowers.
    Q. Will the price of petrol increase? by Colin Goodwin expert
    A. Crude oil is traded in dollars so if Sterling is weak the price we pay for petrol at the pumps is going to go up. If the pound rallies quickly and goes back to the value it was before Brexit then we’re unlikely to see any difference in prices. But there is concern Britain may be charged a higher oil price than the EU, particularly by Russia.
    Q. What will happen to my pension? by Tricia Phillips, Personal Finance Editor
    A downturn in the economy will mean bigger pressures on the public purse strings and this could mean those relying on the state pension are in for a nasty shock, if the Government pulls the plug on the Triple Lock, which guarantees a minimum 2.5% increase to the state pension each year.
    Meanwhile the rest of us still in work could end up having to literally work ‘til we drop before any sign of our state pension. Already the age we have to keep grafting to is 66, rising to 67 in 2026 but Brexit could now trigger a faster rise in state pension age.
    Q. Will my holiday be more expensive? By Nigel Thompson Travel Editor
    A. In the short term, yes. Sterling’s slump means your spending power in the eurozone and USA particularly is way down.
    In the longer term, nobody knows. Much depends at what levels the pound stabilises. If it stays low, the cost of hotel rooms etc to tour operators will rise, and no doubt be passed on to the consumer.
    Q. Will Brexit a win for terrorists? by Chris Hughes, Defence and Security Editor
    A. Britain has two main security concerns, the first from Russia and its allies and the second is from Islamic State.
    President Putin will be emboldened by a Europe diminished by Britain’s departure because his biggest fear is a strong and united Europe supported by America.
    Putin sees Britain as a threat, as his constant probes towards our airspace and coastline, prove.
    Q. What does Brexit mean for Premier League football? by Dave Kidd
    A. At present European Union players are not subject to the same work permit restrictions as the rest of the world – and around 60 per cent of players starting matches are non-British. …. In short, footballers are not the sort of immigrants Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage dislike – and right-wing politicians will always find loopholes for the wealthy.
    Q. What will happen to my savings? by Tricia Phillips, Personal Finance Editor
    A. Cash in bank accounts and building societies covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme is safe, up to £75,000 per person per account. However, if you have money in stocks and shares ISAs and other investments your balance may have taken a dive.
  • Sorry Barry – not employed by anyone. I’m one of those pensioners who will now have to go back to work as my life’s saving are pretty much worth nothing.
    Don’t gloat just yet. The referendum like all such votes was advisory only. It has no place in law and the government still has to pass a motion to invoke Article 50.