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.

...and one bonus...

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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  • Aimee,
    Yo think , " The unelected House of Lords can vote down legislation. "
    Check out the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949
  • Unison, the largest NHS union, became the latest major union to announce it would campaign for the UK to stay in the European Union. The public sector union joins Unite and GMB, which between them represent more than 3million workers, in deciding to back remain in June’s referendum. General Secretary Dave Prentis said a consultation with Unison members showed overwhelming backing for the union to campaign to stay. Top of their concerns were fears that Brexit would see the loss of employment rights such as parental leave, paid holidays and protection for part time workers, the consultation found. Almost four in five (78%) Unison branches wanted the union to take a stance in the EU referendum, and of these 95% wanted their union to campaign for the UK to stay in Europe.
    Mr Prentis said: “Europe isn’t perfect, but on balance staying in the EU has so much more to offer nurses, teaching assistants, town hall staff and other public servants than an uncertain future where the UK goes it alone. “ Brexit fears have just seen the UK’s growth forecast downgraded. NHS, local government, school and police employees bore the brunt of the last economic downturn, and are still paying the price."The last thing anyone wants is another recession where jobs, living standards and public services are back on the line. He added: Without the laws that began life in Europe, most people at work in the UK would be getting a very rough deal. If the June vote is to leave the EU, it would then be up to the government which laws stayed and which laws went. Unscrupulous employers would have a field day.
  • Almost all laws in the UK come from the government, not MPs. The unelected House of Lords can vote down legislation.

    The European Parliament (elected) and the Council (elected) review proposals by the Commission and propose amendments. If the Council and the Parliament cannot agree upon amendments, a second reading takes place. In the second reading, the Parliament and Council can again propose amendments. Parliament has the power to block the proposed legislation if it cannot agree with the Council. If the two institutions agree on amendments, the proposed legislation can be adopted. If they cannot agree, a conciliation committee tries to find a solution. Both the Council and the Parliament can block the legislative proposal at this final reading.
  • I should have made myself clearer.
    MPs in the UK propose laws which get voted on by other MPs …… This can’t happen in Bruxelles.
    " which might explain why Farage speaks so highly of Adolf." Could you provide some evidence of this ?
    The world should know.
  • By the way Dennis I know a wee bit about what his Mrs does.
    I sent Farage an e-mail a few weeks ago about Cameron resolutely negotiating with 27 other Prime Ministers
    to get their agreement to knock 5p off a packet of tampons.
    I got an e-mail back from his Mrs passing on his comments. So she doesn’t just collect the salary and watch soaps, eating chocolates.
  • By the way Dennis I know a wee bit about what his Mrs does.
    I sent Farage an e-mail a few weeks ago about Cameron resolutely negotiating with 27 other Prime Ministers
    to get their agreement to knock 5p off a packet of tampons.
    I got an e-mail back from his Mrs passing on his comments. So she doesn’t just collect the salary and watch soaps, eating chocolates.
  • By the way Dennis I know a wee bit about what his Mrs does.
    I sent Farage an e-mail a few weeks ago about Cameron resolutely negotiating with 27 other Prime Ministers
    to get their agreement to knock 5p off a packet of tampons.
    I got an e-mail back from his Mrs passing on his comments. So she doesn’t just collect the salary and watch soaps, eating chocolates.
  • Dennis , just looked up your “controversial filmmaker” Martin Durkin on Youtube.
    I suspect you knew all along :.
    He’s the" controversial filmmaker" of BREXIT the MOVIE.
    And just below is an interview with him entitled , " Why the UK should leave the EU "
    I think you have been pulling my leg ,you rascal.
  • Dennis , this is all stuff from 12 years ago when all sorts of odds and sods were inveigling themselves into the nascent UKIP.
    Fortunately the courts and the newspapers have done a great job of winkling out the miscreants.
    Even so it barely registers a blip on the Berlusconiometer.
  • Beppe – Nigel Farage: Who Are You? Channel 4 (Tagged as – Filmed over six months, controversial filmmaker Martin Durkin meets controversial Ukip leader and political whirlwind Nigel Farage, in the run-up to the European elections)

    As I commented I have no qualms about the allowance or his acceptance. My comment was that he keeps the details of how it is spent secret. All non-UKIP MEPs in the UK make them public. By voting against the motion UKIP has joined a small group that wishes to keep this information secret. As far was we know any or none of these groups could be funding terrorism, illegal political parties or debauched lifestyle.
    Far from not bothering to vote because it doesn’t make a difference (so much for the much vaunted concept democracy – it’s democratic as long as we get our own way) UKIP regularly turn out in force to vote on matters that affect their finances. It seems it is worth voting when personal and party funds might be at risk but not British jobs.
    The example below are well reported and some have not gone away in part because expense receipts are not scrutinised as they are at Wesminster. The catalogue of abuse of position & financial irregularities fair apart the size of UKIP is truly staggering. Even if not all are proven to be illegal the degree of hypocrisy shown is staggering. No reputable party or leader would get away with it.

    Of the £2,000,000 he boasted about.
    He tried to twist his way out of the onslaught of calls for him be investigated by claiming the money was used for a “regional office.”
    In fact his own entry in the MEP’s register of interests reveals that the office is donated. He has previously confirmed that he employs his wife (contrary to rules made by his own delegation in 2004) but has never explained precisely what his wife does and no one else in UKIP appears to know. He claims to have used expenses to travel to meetings around the UK, although NEC voted him a party budget for this purpose. (Former NEC members can confirm). Assistance allowed was £175,000 (although not all went to Frau Farage.)
    Shedgate remains properly explained.
    Police were investigating the Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson over suspected fraud, following claims that her senior aide asked hotel staff to make up a lunch bill for more than £3,000 so she could claim the money back at European taxpayers’ expense. (March 15)
    Mr Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group (EFDD) – which is made up of Ukip MEPs and Eurosceptics from other countries – has received 6.4million euros (£4.7million) from the Parliament in the past three years to pay for its activities. (Oct 15) EFDD is what Farage was working on rather than representing the UK.
    Both Jeffrey Titford and Nigel Farage were caught out in the 1999-2004 Parliament for the misuse of expenses and had to pay back wrongly-claimed money.
    Former leader Roger Knapman MEP, elected for the South West in 2004, is the only MEP who published details of his expenses which he did on his website about a year ago. He has consistently offered to publish all details regularly and has advocated total transparency.

    He has criticised a culture of secrecy within UKIP and in 2008 resigned from the UKIP delegation at Brussels as a protest over financial management and UKIP’s involvement with the IndDem Group.
    TOM WISE MEP. He was elected as a UKIP MEP for the Eastern region. He was exposed over his expenses claims and after an OLAF investigation the information was given to the British police. He was investigated and subsequently charged with false accounting and money laundering and is due in court the day after the European election results are declared. (All details widely available on the web from newspaper sites). UKIP leader Nigel Farage has claimed that he was expelled from UKIP immediately the matter arose.

    This is quite false. Tom Wise remained a member of UKIP until February 2009 when he chose to allow his membership to lapse. (Both Tom Wise and UKIP HQ should be able to confirm this).
    (From Junius on UKIP)
    What is really strikes me is the story that Neil Hamilton (disgraced MP, suspended UKIP member and now leader of the UKIP group in Wales – which led to a number of UKIP resignations) was bullied out of the Basildon South candidacy (Dec 14) when required by UKIP’s F&RC Committee to present his expenses, ‘To assist you in focusing your mind on Ukip’s simple and not unreasonable request that you explain your expenses claims.’ There followed a very detailed list of items to include. Good enough for Hamilton but not, it seems, Farage.

    Your comment about making laws is weak – no MP makes UK laws. They go through a process. Only dictators dictate laws …which might explain why Farage speaks so highly of Adolf.
  • Dennis, could you let us know what the documentary is called which exposes UKIP’s shenannigans ?

    Farage has explained all MEPs get the SAME allowance over and above their salary so if he had been allocated 2 million in 9 years or whatever so had every other MEP who had been there for 9 years.
    As far as I am aware not one refuses the allowance or returns any unspent portion.

    The allowance that ALL MEPs get is generally for office expenses and can be audited at any time ( according to Alyn Smith Scottish MEP ) If they’ve audited any Ukipper and found it fraudulent they kept it very quiet.

    Farage has explained on numerous occasions that MEPs can’t instigate laws.. that is what he means by UKIP ( or any other MEP ) having no influence : See this from the EU’s own website ……: " The European Commission is the EU’s politically independent executive arm. It is ALONE responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation " (" politically independent" is EUese for not elected )

    Could you let us know what tale he spun to avoid criminal charges.?. It could come in handy.
  • Beppe Sapone – MEPs get a set expenses allowance. All but a few make their spending public and open to scrutiny. Less reputable groups from across the EU routinely vote against making publication of expenses compulsory. Farage directed his group to vote against and claim they did so in error. (As shown in a documentary on UKIP in the EU – not a hatchet job before you jump to that conclusion but they had little to show as positive.) So, when people say UKIP has no influence so don’t bother voting that is fallacious, UKIP vote on issues that benefit UKIP. Why would they vote against additional funding for victims of the Somerset levels flooding???)
    Farage has boasted publicly and without prompting (Question Time) ‘“cheerfully” announcing that he has taken “more than £2 million in expenses” from his time in the European parliament – over and above his salary.’ (He mocked the EU for not requiring receipts and condemned Westminster politicians for being dishonest over their allowances.) Nothing to write about regarding the precept of allowances as that is the EU way of doing things . That was 2009 and he’s continued receiving payments. But, what is that money being used for? Is he directing the use of other UKIP MEPs allowances? They certainly can’t do ‘what they like with it’, as it is an allowance not a payment. There are rules and regulations that have to be adhered to, but has he? No idea. He has already been investigated for misuse of public money and spun a tale that got him off the hook but led to senior UKIP officers further distancing themselves from him.
    If any Westminster MP was to act in the way Farage does they would be pilloried on a daily basis. MP stretches credulity on expenses and is threatened with humiliation and prosecution with accusations from the general public via the media that they are all establishment fat cats riding gravy trains. Farage, (very wealthy, ex public school, ex-trader) boasts about far more dubious dealing, refuses to publish his allowances and is hailed as a man of the people.
    Is it any wonder so many people find him to such a duplicitous cancer on our society?
  • You’ll need to explain, Dennis… what secret expenses and from whom ?
    All I heard was M.E.Ps. all get the same allowance and they can do what they like with it.
  • ‘Which underlines why UKIP don’t bother vote.’ Fagare has spent much time, money and effort underming the system from with rather than stand up for UK workers. The only time he’s interested in the UK is when other people’s votes are needed to keep him in his little empire.
    The Steel situation is a very different issue – Farage was not involved. (And, problems in Italy, The Netherlands and Spain were all overcome while the UK government did nothing.) Farage was, or rather should have been involved in developing fisheries policy but he didn’t attend the meetings. To rant about how the EU has let down our fishermen when he could and should have been attending meetings is as close to taking money by deception as you can get with our the CPS being involved. He was loud enough when it came to protecting his secret expenses spending – he made time to instruct his MEPs to vote that down. Where has that money gone and was it used legally? All other UK MEPs have declared their interests, all other MEPs have contributed to beneficial measures for the UK.
  • Aimee, the bit you omitted from the article in The Independent re the steel industry vote in the EU was this : “But despite being adopted by the European Parliament, the reforms were blocked by a group of 14 EU countries including Britain, at the EU Council.”
    Which underlines why UKIP don’t bother vote.
    I think Kate Hoey and Gisela Stuart would be mystified at being called right wing by someone so well informed and balanced as yourself.
  • Arnold – your solution is a dog eat dog solution rather than co-operation. You need co-operation for fishing or you’ll overfish, for pollution control, common standards to prevent wasteful duplication and customs form filling etc…and we have it. It’s called the EU.

    Beppe – look up UKIPs voting record. Simple really. Hardly ever turn up then vote against the British steelworkers. Great.

    Now Dr Woolaston has shone a light on the Leave campaign lies and disregard for the economy and the NHS. Beppe – you stick with your extreme right wingers like Hannan, UKIP, BNP, French National Front. I’m voting remain with the NHS staff and management, the unions, businesses, farmers, scientists and universities.
  • Keith Clarke post, ‘Im not interested in immigration. I am concerned with our countryside and the way it is disappearing like it is going out of fashion. The more people we bring in to support the pensioners that more slums we will build on our greenbelt land.’
    I visited Swansea today – the first time in the city centre for some time … and it is dying on its backside.
    The whole region is desperate for inward investment and the only place that’s coming from at any significant level is the via EU grants. (We know the Tory attitude to this part of Wales is that it couldn’t care less, from the 80s to the recent debacle over Port Talbot Steel works, the level of neglect Westminster government is prepared to accept in an unimportant part of the country is historic fact (Parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are in the same boat). The Government of Wales has ridiculously limited powers and little money to make incentives to draw employers to the region although it and Swansea Council / Bay are doing their best.
    What has tis to do with your concern over the countryside?
    Our cities are falling apart, many outside the main centres are characterised by boarded up premises, run down utilities and lack of money finding its way in to economy. Without massive inward injections of funds and population these regions are unable to sustain themselves. That will drive more and more people in to London, Birmingham, Manchester etc where populations sustain the economy.
    I find your concern over the denuding of the countryside a little hard to swallow. Vast areas of brown field sites are standing empty, vast numbers of properties are standing empty and vast areas of low grade countryside are standing empty. There problems and they are easily solvable … if we as a country stop whining on about everything that is a little inconvenient or doesn’t match perfectly one’s own preferences, get off our lazy rear ends and apply ourselves to the future rather than hark after a golden past that never existed. I can assure you the 1950s were grim, the 60s as bad, things picked up in the 70s (we got an indoor toilet) and despite the class wars of the 80s to present day we are in a better place than the Nirvana being peddled by Farage, Johnson and Gove. (Those with money will always be ‘comfortable’.)
  • Now now, no need to get personal…

    But its exactly that sort of people who are running the EU….the so called elites, who in the EU, are invincible as there is no mechanism to remove them thru the ballot box. The very thing you are protesting against here in the UK (the unscrupulous business leaders) is the essentially engine room of the EU and its elitism – the gravy-train! Now is our one and only chance to vote with our feet.

    If the EU does break up each country can gain independence, and do what is in its own interest, for the benefit of its own people. Go to Greece and ask the man on the street what the EU has done for Greeks! Go and see the unemployment rates in EU countries, Greece and Spain in particular. People are suffering because of the EU, and that feeling is being expressed by the far right growing in popularity.

    See here: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/654175/French-voters-demand-Frexit-EU-referendum-Germany-UK-Brexit

    Tarring all of Europe with the same political and fiscal brush only brings problems…what’s good for one nation, may not be good for another. And just imagine how much money is wasted on bureaucracy in Brussels. That’s our money.

    Countries can and will still work together, trade together, cooperate together, but give each one their independence to control their own political and financial affairs, and Europe will be a happier place. And it certainly won’t be dog eats dog.
  • Aimee … you are right …UKIP are bad bad people … they want to shut down the steel industry in the UK ?…. Well ..they should all be arrested….. Why they are the largest British Party in the E.U. is a mystery to me.
    Something must have gone wrong with the count.
    You’ve convinced me … that Daniel Hannan’s a fool … He’s been an MEP for umpteen years and still doesn’t know how the EU works. And that Kate Hoey … what an idiot…. what does she know ?.
    For the sake of our children …. I hope their future will be more optimistic than the Spanish, Portuguese , Greek etc. etc. under 25 year olds who have never had a job but that’s not the EU’s fault, it’s certainly somebody else’s.

    If it wasn’t for you I would have wasted so much more time giving credence to the views of the likes of those buffoons : Penny Mordaunt , Priti Patel, Theresa Villiers, Suella Fernandes , Suzanne Evans and assorted idiot men like Steven Woolfe , George Galloway, David Davis , Jacob Rees-Mogg, Richard Drax and Michael Gove. etc..

    Luckily we have political leviathans like Neil Windbag Kinnock , Gordon Alzheimers Brown, John (can’t resist a currie) Major and Tony (cash only) Blair to shine their lights into the darkness before we leap into it.
    And with their track records , I’ll gladly take the leap.
  • Thanks Kenneth. Good points in your post.

    I found William Hague’s speech today and the interview with the Tory MP who has switched to Remain very enlightening…

    http://www.strongerin.co.uk/hague_leaving_the_eu_would_be_downright_irresponsible_and_would_damage_britain_s_economy#jIK0G44R28Q6jGVZ.97

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36485464
  • Aimee I always find your comments well balanced – That’s why we need more of your ilk in politics, industry and management.

    Arnold Aaron on the other hand cant wait until the E U breaks up – back into petty states and we can all get our heads in the trough and dog eats dog – Just lets hope we are the biggest most powerful dog?

    If you want to see what’s wrong with Britain and not the EU Then I hope you are following the Parliamentary Select Committees looking in to the affairs of Mr Ashley and Sports Direct and Mr Dominic Chappell and Sir Philip Green with BHS. – The Face of British Business.

    This is how we allow our British Entrepreneurs to operate without let or hindrance – Just who are our legislators protecting? So do we wait then for the EU to get round to provide protection to the workers in these industries from the crocked Capitalists.
  • What’s corruption in our politicians got to do with the EU?

    More than half of the immigration comes from outside the EU and Leave want that system for all immigration so you’d probably get more immigration if we left. They want an ‘Aussie’ system but Australia has 3 times as much immigration as we have. There are just as many UK citizens in the rest of the EU as other EU state citizens here. If we swapped, we’d have just as many people.
  • Im not interested in immigration. I am concerned with our countryside and the way it is disappearing like it is going out of fashion. The more people we bring in to support the pensioners that more slums we will build on our greenbelt land. If the truth be said, we shouldn’t have to have people support the pensioners as they have paid into a pension fund for this very reason. The problem is this fund has been stolen by our politicians and squandered on thousands of failed projects in both developing them then the cost of removing them. At least out of the EU we mite be able to start sorting out this corruption in our Government , remove the guilty and help make a better future for all instead of the privileged few.
  • Beppe – 1000s of laws have been repealed and rejected, so get real. It’s true that we’ve lost 56 votes in the EU’s Council since 1999. However, we’ve been on the winning side 2,466 times. Not a bad ratio I’d say.

    Arnold – I know how the European Parliament works – it’s democratic. I also know that UKIP have the worst attendance record of any party in the EU and when they did bother to turn up they voted against measures to protect British steel workers.

    Brexit would be an economic disaster for the UK leading to less money for the NHS and removing opportunities for our children.
  • hi Aimee,

    Just to clarify how the European parliament works….. it may shock you…

    Forward this video to 8min, 28 seconds

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYqzcqDtL3k

    Please….for the sake of Britain AND the EUROPEAN people, please join us and vote leave on the 23rd. Without the UK, the EU will be diminished, and will start to crumble, and the peoples of Europe will begin to be free again, IN A DEMOCRACY!

    Don’t give up on Britain – we will succeed and do better outside the EU.
  • Aimee,
    There is no confusion.
    The Council of Minister don’t instigate laws and neither do M.E.Ps. They rubber stamp what comes from the unelected Commissioners.
    From the EU site the Council of Ministers : " meet to discuss, amend and adopt laws " .
    If they want to have a law amended, they have 27 other ministers to contend with and Britain has the admirable record of having every amendment requested ,rejected so far .
  • WOMEN’S RIGHTS The risks of Brexit

    Britain’s membership of the EU has led to significant improvements in the rights of women at work. EU law has extended rights to equal pay and strengthened protection from sex discrimination. It has improved the treatment of pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace and introduced new entitlements for parents to take time off. Many women also benefited from basic rights, like paid holiday, that were introduced at EU level – many of the two million workers who had no paid holiday before the Working Time Directive were part-time women.

    Equal pay and sex discrimination
    In 1984 the UK government was forced to include equal pay for work of equal value in the Equal Pay Act 1970 after it was taken to court by the European Commission. The original Act had only given women a right to equal pay with men doing the same work or in the same grade as them. The right to equal pay for work of equal value allowed women to challenge lower pay for jobs that were seen as ‘women’s work’ compared to ‘men’s work’ of a similar level of skill, effort or responsibility. EU law also helped women working part-time gain equal pay and benefits compared to full-timers (on a pro-rata basis). It ruled that to give them less would be indirect sex discrimination as mainly women work part-time. This led to about 400,000 part-time women workers in the UK gaining an occupational pension for the first time.

    Pregnancy, maternity and family leave rights
    Rights to paid time off for antenatal appointments and strong duties on employers to protect pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers from harm in the workplace were introduced in the UK as a result of EU law. EU law also guarantees women a minimum period of maternity leave, a right to return to the same job and protection from dismissal or any other unfavourable treatment because of pregnancy or maternity. Rights for parents and carers to take time off in an emergency and for parents to take 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave per child also have their origins in EU law. In the UK, one in 10 working parents of pre-school children (and one in five single parents) rely on parental leave each year. And nearly one in four parents take time off to deal with emergencies like a child falling ill or childcare arrangements breaking down.

    Risks of Brexit
    There would be a great deal of uncertainty following a vote for Brexit. But a government that is keen on cutting ‘burdens on business’ would be unlikely to leave workers’ rights intact. Rights that are kept after Brexit may be made less effective. For example, the limit on unfair dismissal compensation (which is not protected in EU law) has recently been lowered. Nigel Farage and Steve Hilton (former Tory adviser) of the Brexit campaign have both suggested maternity rights should be reduced and Boris Johnson wants to fully repeal the EU’s social charter that guarantees rights across the EU.

    Many of the improvements in working women’s rights have come from EU case law – court rulings that then had to be followed in similar cases across all member states. But if Britain left the EU, the UK government would be free to override any judgement that improved workers’ rights. And, if we left the EU, British women would not benefit from any future gains. For example, a new consultation of trade unions and employers has just begun at EU level on a new package of rights to improve work/life balance, including proposals for carers’ leave, flexible working and stronger protections from dismissal for new mothers and fathers.

    Unison
    Unison, the largest NHS union, is campaigning for the UK to stay in the European Union. A consultation with Unison members showed overwhelming backing for the union to campaign to stay. Top of their concerns were fears that Brexitwould see the loss of employment rights such as parental leave, paid holidays and protection for part time workers, the consultation found. ‘Europe isn’t perfect, but on balance staying in the EU has so much more to offer nurses, teaching assistants, town hall staff and other public servants than an uncertain future where the UK goes it alone. Brexit fears have just seen the UK’s growth forecast downgraded. NHS, local government, school and police employees bore the brunt of the last economic downturn, and are still paying the price. The last thing anyone wants is another recession where jobs, living standards and public services are back on the line. Without the laws that began life in Europe, most people at work in the UK would be getting a very rough deal. If the June vote is to leave the EU, unscrupulous employers would have a field day.’
  • Beppe – you are confusing drawing up proposals with voting on them. The unelected UK civil service draws up proposals for UK legislation but it too has no vote.
    Only the council of ministers (elected government ministers) and the parliament (elected MEPs) can vote = democratic. And here? House of Lords = unelected.
  • Who cares, either way there will be some major changes after the referendum. If we stay in things may wobble but will fall back into line so the EU will carry on with the same intention. If we leave the odds are there will be some big changes and if we get the correct plans on the table, things can only get better. But being British we will inevitably screw up and make more problems to capitalize on. Closely followed by extortionately high consultancy fees and no ideal solution.
  • “We can rule ourselves without interference from the European Union” they declare ???

    Estimates vary, but some reckon there are 1,400,000, Zero-hour contracts in the UK? These contracts, tie employees to their jobs without any obligation to guarantee a minimum number of paid hours, holidays or pension rights.

    Workers refusing to take on such employment are at risk of losing their right to social benefits.

    Women, the elderly and young people are most often offered such employment.

    The European Commission states that people should not become trapped in short-term, low quality jobs without adequate social protection

    The UK government has an obligation to comply with the working conditions standards set by EU labour law – Proportional paid leave and respect for the Working Time Directive.

    So what has our Government done to address such matters and pass legislation? Absolutely nothing? And changes will only come about by pressure and regulations from the EU – Then the complainers will moan about their interference and link it to immigrants no doubt?