Reasons to Stay

REASONS WHY BRITAIN’S FUTURE IS IN THE EU

 

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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  • “Brexit would wipe out manufacturing in Britain” …. one little gem of hysterical conjecture……
    Why don’t you point this out to Bamford (JCB ) who wants OUT … Phone him, Aimee and tell him what a fool he and James Dyson are and make sure he has 11,000 P45s ready for Friday morning.
    Don’t panic.
    The reason why Greece will never get going until they leave the eurozone is explained by the fact that the drachma was never tied to the value of the deutchsmark for a very good economic reason.
  • Good evening all. If anyone was resting their hopes on Cameron being able to reform the EU if we vote remain, then I’ve got news for you….

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36599300
  • • Brexit means less sovereignty, losing control. Brexiters call for sovereignty, but we would have less sovereignty if we left the EU, not more. An isolationist Britain would not have the power it has within the EU where it can influence policy and other non-EU countries would be more interested in the much large EU market than in Britain. We would have to be a rule-taker just accepting single market rules and technical standards, rather than being a rule-maker in jointly deciding on them in the EU.
  • A strong, dynamic economy. Between 1950 and 1973, the year that Britain joined the EU, our economy was the slowest growing in Europe and the G7 countries. Since 1973, we are the fastest growing – better than Germany, Franceand the US – and we have the highest ever rate of employment. Since the single market began in 1993, our GDP is up 62% in real terms compared to 48% in Switzerland and 35% in Germany. All reputable economic studies from theTreasury and the IMF to Oxford University and the London School of Economics show we would be worse off by tens of billions of pounds outside the EU. We have access to the single market and through the EU trade agreements with morethan 60 other countries with more on the way. Nearly 50% of British trade is with the rest of the EU, and it is estimated that over three million jobs in this country are connected to membership. Businesses large and small are in favour of Remain.

    A strong NHS. Fundingfor the NHS depends on having a strong economy. Over 100,000 people from otherEU countries work in the NHS and social care, including 10% of doctors. NHSstaff, management and scientists agree that we should Remain. Supporting Remain, the British Medical Journal stated ‘we could NOT name one prominent national medical, research, or health organisation that has sided with Brexit.’ TUC analysis shows that a vote to Leave the EU could cost the NHS 25% of its budget by 2019/20.
  • Brexit would be an economic disaster for Britain, putting us in recession. If we left we wouldn’t save any money as the damage to the economy of cutting ourselves off from the market where almost half our exports go would cost us tens of billions of pounds. In negotiating a post-brexit agreement we need the EU more than they need us – we export over 12% of our GDP to the EU ,but the EU only exports 3% of its GDP to us. What’s more, many foreign firms, like Nissan, set up shop in Britain because we are a gateway to sell to the whole EU. If we quit, other countries might grab our jobs by luring companies away from the UK.

    Brexit would wipe out manufacturing in Britain. The Brexit supporters want us to reduce our tariffs to zero without any agreement on lower tariffs from other countries. This means for example, China could flood our market with cheap steel and wipe out our steel industry. UKIP opposed support for theBritish steel industry in the European Parliament. Patrick Minford, the lead economist for the Brexit side, said in March, ‘Over time, if we left the EU, it seems likely that we would mostly eliminate manufacturing’. There are over 2.5 million jobs that are dependent on manufacturing in this country.

    A weak Brexit economy, means cuts in public services and a weaker NHS. All major unions, including the NHS unions, are in favour of staying in as they know the damage brexit would cause the economy and the NHS.
  • Beppe… explain to me why those countries always vote for parties that support staying in the EU and the euro? They know it’s good for them. There problems were caused by their own politicians and the credit crunch. Don’t blame everything on the EU. If you go out without an umbrella and it rains, do you blame that on the EU too? :-)

    Arnold – try to be a bit less patronising. You’re putting people off.
  • What do you think David Cameron really thinks about Turkey joining the EU?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjNnpWy-vXI
  • I’ll take my chance on the instant poverty predicted by the Remainiacs .
    The fresh fragrance of freedom is worth it.
  • Great Britain – Grumbling British – so many moans? I’m fed up by hearing people repeatedly saying ‘All we want are the FACTS! – Isaac Newton sitting pondering and saying ’All I need are the facts about gravity?’ Do they think their is some Omnipotent almighty being or organisation that can supply them? You were given brains to reason with.
    After Thursday, thank goodness I hope I wont have to hear asked such stupid questions as ‘’Can you tell me the name of such and such a representative?’ If you ask most people if they could tell you the name of their own MP or who is the Leader of the House of Lords, they couldn’t supply an answer?

    Everything you are told in life is biased by the providers opinions. So asked yourselves some basic questions -
    1.who benefits from us being in or out of the E U
    2. Are you satisfied with how Great Britain’s Democracy functions.
    3. Do you really expect whatever happens that that the numbers of immigrants will decline?
    4. Are you of the opinion that influential people around the world feel benevolent and
    not malevolent towards our country and will fall over themselves to trade with us?

    I’m certain that if we leave the E U, there will be no easy way back for us
    Where as all the fears we hear about becoming part of a European States or having imposed upon us a European Army – E U Foreign Policies etc.

    But should the majority of our peoples in the future decide to leave the European Union there is nothing that the rest of Europe can do to stop our withdrawal.

    It may be, as we are told that it is Irrevocable if we decide to Leave! But if we stay In! and if future generations decide to Leave, then there is no power on earth to stop us Leaving.

    My own final personal view is – Should I heed the rhetoric
    and advice of Farage, Gove or Boris? and I know what my decision will be.
  • It seems on this debate in Wembley was quite amusing. The remain group had some fat bloke impersonating a violent minded Scottish dyke. Some phony mayor of London who had loads of arrogance but no intelligence and some old union bird who is freaking out on something she knows little about. As for the leave group, they appear to be playing on staying cool and just let the others make fools of them selves.
  • Aimee,just to correct something you said;in 1973 the UK joined the EEC ,commonly know as the common market.The British people were not told that this would develop into the European Union,it was kept quiet.In 1975 I voted to stay in the EEC and would probably vote to remain in such an organisation this time,but it has changed so much over the years without the British people having a say.Time to call a halt to this,I`m for leaving now!
  • Aimee said: " for character and leadership, as if we are like beacons of good manners and fortitude. Our country’s values and contribution are respected across Europe and beyond; the UK is a trusted friend to so many nations.".

    You are absolutely right, Aimee. You’ve just told us why Britain can and WILL succeed without the EU!!
  • " Brexit means less sovereignty "…. Doh !
  • Unfortunately , Aimee….. the Greeks. Portuguese . Spanish, Italians and French haven’t experienced the same wunderbar experience as the UK economy has. But their crippled economies are nothing to do with the EU.
    Please explain to a Greek why it’s a good idea to have the same currency as a German’s
  • Britain doesn’t quit. Vote Remain.
    ‘I have travelled all over the world and have noticed, so often, how many of the most vulnerable people look to the UK for character and leadership, as if we are like beacons of good manners and fortitude. Our country’s values and contribution are respected across Europe and beyond; the UK is a trusted friend to so many nations. Those things can get lost in the maze of headlines. At such a time for the UK to retreat, run and cut ourselves loose from Europe, when there are so many challenges on our doorstep, to me just doesn’t feel either courageous or kind. Europe has many flaws, but I also believe the way to help resolve many of those tough issues is from within. History has taught us that together we achieve more. I guess I believe that to help make the future of the world a better place then that future has to be about partnership. As a taxi driver said to me in Paris recently, we really need you, the UK. Don’t desert us when times are tough, stand with us like you always have. That rang true. I have never been a good quitter and I am so proud of the UK and our values: tolerance, kindness, respect, courage and resilience. This is why I want us to stay together and Remain in Europe.’
    Bear Grylls.
  • Between 1950 and 1973, the year that Britain joined the EU, our economy was the slowest growing in Europe and the G7 countries. Since 1973, we are the fastest growing– better than Germany, France and the US – and we have the highest ever rate of employment. Since the single market began in 1993, our GDP is up 62% in real terms compared to 48% in Switzerland and 35% in Germany. All reputable economic studies from the Treasury and the IMF to Oxford University and the London School of Economics show we would be worse off by tens of billions of pounds outside the EU. We have access to the single market and through the EU trade agreements with more than 60 other countries with more on the way. Nearly 50% of British trade is with the rest of the EU, and it is estimated that over three million jobs in this country are connected to membership. Businesses large and small are in favour of Remain.
  • Which bit exactly is crap may I ask?
  • Which bit exactly is crap may I ask?
  • This is total crap how you can keep putting the same crap up on here day after day is just beyond me
  • Of course they can’t make trade agreements quickly, or even at all….there’s 28 of them! Have you tried to chair a meeting when there’s too many people?
  • According to Daniel Hannan, in his Why Vote Leave book, ‘…the Commission pays Friends of the Earth to urge it to take more powers in the field of climate change. It pays WWF to tell it to assume more control over environmental matters. It pays the European Trade Union Congress to demand more Brussels employment laws.’
    Also, don’t forget that, over the years since we joined in 1973, more and more policy areas have gone from being member states’ ‘area of competence’ to being a Brussels area of competence. This competence is exercised by the European Commission, which some have described as the EU’s de facto government, and its officials. This is one way traffic as these powers are never returned.
    Also we have lost our veto in more and more areas as majority voting becomes the norm,
  • In terms of trading agreements, according to Brexit: The Movie:
    1. If you added the GDP of all the countries that have trade deals with the EU and it comes to £5.23 trillion;
    2. But this compares with £29.2tn for Switzerland, £35.5tn for Singapore, £45.2tn for South Korea and £50.3tn for Chile, which has a population of 8 million.
    The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world and the EU has only been able to make trade agreements with 2 of the UK’s top 10 non-EU trading partners.
  • For instance, the claim that 3.5 million British jobs are directly linked to British membership of the EU’s single market. However, as the EU27 exports more to the UK than the UK does to the EU27, and the UK is the EU27’s single largest market, there are at least as many and some commentators have estimated 5-6 million jobs are dependent on this trade with the UK.
    Furthermore, in a graph on page 12 of Daniel Hannan’s book, and whose source is HM Treasury, 45% of UK exports go to the EU and this is expected to fall, while 55% go to North America and the Rest of World and this is expected to increase.
  • However, for the other side of the argument, I would urge people to watch the crowdfunded Brexit: The Movie on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYqzcqDtL3k. If you have the time, I would also recommend reading The Bruges Group’s The 4 Lies about leaving the EU: http://www.brugesgroup.com/images/issues/democracy/the_4_lies_about_leaving_the_eu_pdf.pdf.
    Finally, if you have both the time and the money, you might also find it worth reading Why Vote Leave, by Daniel Hannan, Conservative MEP for South-East England since 1999; and The Trouble with Europe, by Roger Bootle. Mr bootle has won the Wolfson Economics Prize and runs Capital Economics, Europe’s largest macro-economics consultancy, which he founded.
  • Didn’t realise Boris had been fired from the Times for lying!

    ’LONDON — No one should be surprised that Britain could vote to leave the European Union on Thursday. For decades, British newspapers have offered their readers an endless stream of biased, misleading and downright fallacious stories about Brussels. And the journalist who helped set the tone — long before he became the mayor of London or the face of the pro-Brexit campaign — was Boris Johnson.

    I know this because I was appointed Brussels correspondent for The Times of London in 1999, a few years after Mr. Johnson reported from there for another London newspaper, The Telegraph. I had to live with the consequences.

    Mr. Johnson, fired from The Times in 1988 for fabricating a quotation, made his name in Brussels not with honest reporting but with extreme euroskepticism, tirelessly attacking, mocking and denigrating the European Union. He wrote about European Union plans to take over Europe, ban Britain’s favorite potato chips, standardize condom sizes and blow up its own asbestos-filled headquarters. These articles were undoubtedly colorful but they bore scant relation to the truth.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/22/opinion/who-is-to-blame-for-brexits-appeal-british-newspapers.html?_r=0
  • The point is that the people commenting are declaring their views and which way they’ll be voting on Thursday. There are masses and masses and masses of them, and I don;t see anywhere near the same numbers touting ‘remain’, neither on DC’s facebook page or anywhere else, including this forum! – There’s only a handful of us here contributing for the last month or so, there’s doesn’t seem to be much noise for the remain camp at all. Social media is the most accurate poll, as it is completely uncensored. Food for thought I hope. Did you all see the Lexit video? – Left wingers in favour of LEAVE?
  • Facebook comments… that famously accurate gauge of the peoples will. Might as well just scrap the voting system.
  • Arnold – we are voting for the future of the countries not David Cameron.
    If people are voting based on their support or disregard of the PM then they really have missed to the point.
    Referendum – another word for rule by media moguls.