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50 reasons to vote to remain in the European Union
With 50 days to go in this referendum, the choice is clear. It is a choice between economic security and global influence as part of the EU, or a leap in the dark.
A vote to stay is a vote for certainty. We’ll be stronger, safer and better off in Europe because we’ll get to keep access to the Single Market of 500 million people, with a say over the rules of doing business across Europe. That means more jobs, lower prices, and more financial security for British families.
A vote to leave is a vote for risk. Vote Leave say they’ll walk away from the single market and negotiate a new deal, but they can’t explain what it would be and how long it will take.
The truth is if we left, the EU would not give us a better deal than they have for themselves. This would harm our economy, with an average hit of £4,300 for each UK household and £36bn in spending cuts, which would hit the NHS. If we leave, jobs aren’t safe, prices will rise, mortgages will be at risk, and funding for your local school or hospital will fall.
With 50 days to go in this referendum, it is increasingly clear. Leaving Europe is not a risk not worth taking. We can’t afford to leave the EU.
Baroness Karren Brady, board member of Britain Stronger In Europe, said:
“In 50 days’ time, we face the biggest choice of our generation: economic security and global influence as part of the European Union, or a leap in the dark.
“A vote to stay is a vote for certainty. We’ll be stronger, safer and better off in Europe because we’ll keep our access to the free trade Single Market of 500 million people, with a say over the rules of doing business across the EU. That means more jobs, lower prices, and more financial security for British families.
“A vote to leave is a vote for risk. As the Bank of England, the IMF and businesses have made clear, leaving would damage our economy. Jobs won’t be safe, prices will rise, mortgages will be at risk, and funding for your local school or hospital will fall.”
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50 REASONS TO VOTE TO REMAIN IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
- Our economy is stronger in Europe, which makes families better off. If we left Europe, our economy would be hit to the tune of £4,300 per family. HM Treasury, April 2016, link
- As part of Europe’ single market, British businesses have free access to sell to 500 million consumers. If we left the EU, our trade could face tariffs and barriers, hurting our economy. HM Treasury, April 2016, link
- Between 3 and 4 million jobs in Britain are linked to our trade with the EU. Leaving the EU would put these jobs and people’s livelihoods at risk.
South Bank University, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, HM Treasury, Centre for Economic and Business Research
- Sir Richard Branson has warned of the dangers of leaving. Sir Richard Branson said: “The damage it will do to this country… will be enormous”.
Reuters, 19 February 2016, link
- Being in Europe means we pay lower prices at the shops. Independent experts have found that prices are £350 lower than they would be if we were outside the EU.
Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics
- Almost half of UK exports go to the EU. 44% of the UK’s international exports are to European Union countries and the total value of exports to the EU was £229 billion in 2014.
ONS Pink Book 2015
- Over 200,000 businesses trade with the EU. 75% of businesses that trade goods internationally. Being in Europe makes that trade easier and faster.
- Leave campaigners have said that prices would go up if we leave the EU. When asked about the short-term impact of Brexit, Arron Banks of Leave.EU said: “If you’re saying prices would domestically go up because the pound drops, yes. Is that a bad thing? No.”
Treasury Select Committee, 27 Apr 2016
- Small businesses want Britain to remain in Europe. 88% of SMEs that export do so to the EU, and 8 in 10 small businesses want to remain in Europe.
Federation of Small Businesses / Poll of polls of small businesses
- MoneySavingExperts’ Martin Lewis has said we’re better off in. Lewis warned that we would have less money in our pockets if we vote to leave.
Martin Lewis, 18 April 2016, link
- Stephen Hawking has said Brexit would be a disaster for UK science. He was among 150 signatories to a letter saying that being in Europe means we benefit from research funding and can attract top European researchers.
The Guardian, 10 March 2016, link
- Flights and holidays are cheaper thanks to the EU. The cost of flights has come down by 40% because the EU changed rules to allow low-cost airlines like EasyJet to enter the market. A drop in Sterling after we leave would mean Brits paying more when holidaying abroad.
- President Obama has said the UK would move to the “back of the queue” for a new trade deal if we leave the EU. Obama said that the United States are more interested in doing a free trade deal with the EU than with a single country. Hillary Clinton and eight former US Treasury Secretaries have agreed with him.
The Guardian, 22 April 2016, link, Fortune, 20 April 2016, link
- Britain’s trade unions want to remain in Europe. The TUC, Community, GMB, TSSA, Unison, and Unite are among the host of trade unions which have backed Britain’s continued EU membership.
Left Foot Forward, 26 April 2016, link
- Major world leaders back Britain’s place in Europe. From the President of China to the Prime Ministers of India and New Zealand, international leaders have been clear that we are stronger in Europe.
Financial Times, 23 October 2015, link; IB Times, 12 November 2015, link; New Zealand Herald, 1 April 2016, link
- The IMF, G20, OECD, PwC, Oxford Economics, and the LSE have all confirmed the UK would be worse off under Brexit. Vote Leave can’t name one credible economic analysis that shows we’d be better off. It’s clear Brexit is a risk to our economy.
IMF, OECD, G20, PwC, Oxford Economics, London School of Economics
- Petrol prices would go up if we leave. The AA has warned that drivers face an annual £494 petrol bill if Britain decides to quit the EU.
- The EU keeps energy prices lower. The Chief Executive of Centrica has said that he thinks we’re better off in to keep the European market competitive, which delivers lower energy prices for British consumers.
Iain Conn, Chief Executive, Centrica, 18 Feb 2016, Evening Standard, link
- The National Farmers Union has said food prices would rise if we left the EU. The NFU’s research said that food prices would rise by 5%.
Financial Times, 5 April 2016, link
- The Former Chief Executive of the NHS has said leaving the EU means less money for the NHS. David Nicholson said: “Leaving the European Union would damage the economy and that would mean less money for the NHS.”
The Telegraph, 15 April 2016, link
- EU countries invest over £66m per day in the UK. Between 2004 and 2014, the average investment from European countries every year was £24.1 billion - that’s over £66 million a day, creating jobs and boosting growth across the UK. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, World Investment Report 2015; Office of National Statistics
- Within the EU, Britain has access to free trade agreements with over 50 countries worldwide. Once current negotiations are completed, over 80% of UK trade will be with either the EU or through EU trade deals.
HM Treasury, April 2016, link
- Being in Europe amplifies Britain’s ties with the Commonwealth. The EU does not stop the UK successfully trading with the Commonwealth, it helps it. The EU has trade deals with 19 Commonwealth countries and ONS data shows UK-Commonwealth exports have increased 66% 2004-2014. This would be at risk if we left Europe.
ONS Pink Book 2015
- Remaining in Europe means more money to invest in public services. Independent experts at the CBI have shown that the net benefit of being in the EU is worth £91bn to our economy.
CBI Literature review of the impact of EU membership on the UK economy, link
- Leaving the EU would mean cuts to public services. HM Treasury have said: “Tax receipts would face an annual £36 billion black hole. This is more than a third of the NHS budget and equivalent to 8p on the basic rate of income tax.”
HM Treasury, April 2016, link
- Being in Europe will create future jobs in Britain. Further deepening the single market could deliver £58.6bn to the UK economy by 2030 and an additional 791,000 jobs.
Source: Centre for Economic and Business Research
- Bill Gates has backed Britain’s place in Europe. He said: “The benefits to the UK of being in, in my view, greatly exceed the benefits of being out.”
Financial Times, 18 April 2016, link
- UK charities would be hit if we left the EU. In 2014 alone, 249 British charities received over £200m from the EU. Access to this vital funding for charities would be at risk if we leave the EU.
Third Sector News
- The EU helps Britain tackle tax avoidance. In the wake of the Panama Papers, the European Commission took action to introduce rules that oblige large multinational companies to publicly disclose their taxes and earnings in the EU.
- The Governor of the Bank of England has underlined the huge risk of leaving to our economy. Mark Carney said: leaving “is the biggest domestic risk to financial stability.’’
Treasury Select Committee, 8 March 2016
- Britain is set to benefit greatly from future EU funding. From 2014-2020, the UK will receive close to £40bn from the EU, which includes funding for science and research, regional development, apprenticeships, agriculture, youth employment support, training and fisheries.
European Commission, UK Government
- Britain would lose access to vital finance from the European Investment Bank. Since 2010, the EIB has invested over £30bn into UK infrastructure, energy, hospitals and other projects.
European Investment Bank
- Being in keeps us safer. The European Arrest Warrant has led to over 1,100 suspected criminals being arrested and returned to Britain to face justice. Britain has also sent 7,400 suspected criminals who had fled to our country back to the EU. National Crime Agency
- The EU helps us fight climate change. The EU helped deliver the Paris Climate Agreement, and is committed to a 20% lowering of carbon emissions by 2020.
- Being in Europe means we have access to security information sharing. From passenger name records over DNA data to criminal records, British police can draw on data and profiles from across Europe thanks to the EU, helping them to tackle crime more effectively.
- The EU helps protect our environment. The EU sets out minimum standards for air pollution and emissions, and our national parks benefit from EU laws that ensure the conservation of a wide range of plant species.
- The EU protects animals. EU rules on waste, pollution and noise protect our birds and marine wildlife, including their habitats, and the EU takes action against poaching and wildlife trafficking.
- The EU safeguards worker’s rights. From paid holiday to equal treatment and redundancy protections, the EU safeguards many essential rights for workers across the UK.
- The EU fights discrimination and racism. EU law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race in employment, training, social protection (which includes social security and healthcare), education, access to and supply of goods and services. And the EU coordinates action against racist and xenophobic hate speech and crime.
- The EU protects women’s rights. The EU protects maternity leave, ensures equal treatment and non-discrimination at work, and takes action to close the gender pay gap.
- The EU champions LGBT rights. The EU promotes the recognition of same-sex marriages and provides funding for activism and research that combats discrimination based on sex or sexual orientation.
- The EU’s Erasmus programme means students can study abroad at no extra fees. Last year over 15,000 UK students studied abroad under Erasmus, and 120,000 more are expected to do so until 2020. European Commission
- The EU helps the UK creative sector. The EU’s Creative Europe programme helps creative projects through funding and by facilitating cooperation with other countries. Four times Academy Award winning UK drama “The King’s Speech” received £480,000 in EU funding.
European Commission, BBC News
- The EU boosts Britain’s foreign policy efforts. Applying pressure through sanctions on Russia or Iran is more effective with the leverage of Europe’s single market compared to unilateral UK action, and the EU has helped Britain deliver an effective fight against piracy off the Horn of Africa.
- The EU has cut mobile roaming charges and will eliminate them entirely next year. EU action has delivered a cut in roaming charges of over 70%, and roaming charges will be abolished by the end of 2017.
- The EU is the world’s largest aid donor. Coordinated action by the EU can deliver humanitarian and development aid on a larger scale and with greater impact. In 2013, the EU administered over £40bn in development aid.
- The EU helps the Northern Irish peace process. The EU’s PEACE programme supports peace, reconciliation and economic progress in the border region. Until 2020, the EU will spend over £100m to this end.
- Car manufacturers in Britain want us to remain. Ford, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Peugeot, Citroen, Hyundai, and Kia have all backed Britain’s place in Europe.
Fortune, 3 March 2016, link; Reuters, 4 March 2016, link; Autocar, 8 March 2016, link; Financial Times, 23 February 2016, link; Financial Times, 11 January 2016, link; Bloomberg, 1 March 2016, link; The Guardian, 14 May 2015, link; AM Online, 5 March 2016, link
- Entrepreneurs and start-up companies think we’re better off in Europe. More than 200 entrepreneurs, including Zoopla, Innocent Drinks and eBookers, have said leaving the EU would damage start-up businesses.
The Guardian, 20 April 2016, link
- Academics agree that we are stronger in Europe. Universities UK, and over 140 academics across all fields and universities have already voiced their support for Britain’s continued EU membership.