Why We Should Vote to Remain in the EU

Recently, my mother asked me to type up a list of reasons why we should vote to stay in the EU after some one in work listed off some of the usual reasons why Britain should leave. She asked me to type up a list of reasons why we need to vote to stay. I thought I’d put it up here as a really easy list for anyone else needing to fight off bigoted family members or anything similar about the EU referendum. 

EU Referendum: Vote to Stay in

  • Jobs and the Economy:
    • Around 3.5 million British jobs are directly linked to British membership of the European Union’s single market – 1 in 10 British jobs. Even a conservative estimate of the amount of jobs directly at stake if UK left the EU is 1 million.
    • Potential job increases if UK remains is around 800, 000 by about 2030.
    • Investment from the EU (which is about £66 million a day) to the UK is linked directly with British jobs.
    • Every £1 that the UK puts into the EU sees a £10 gain. This is through investment, trade, growth, lower prices.

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  • The EU buys 50% of UK exports. Over 300,000 British companies and 74 per cent of British exporters operate in other EU markets. These links are already established and leaving the EU would seriously damage them.
  • American and Asian EU firms build factories in Britain because it is in the single market.
  • British people have lower credit card fees, cheaper flights, easier access to travel compensation and cheaper data roaming abroad thanks to remaining in the EU.
  • 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.
    • This is indicative of the power that the EU has as a whole – if the UK left the EU it would be leaving this in favour of competing with it and other large markets like the US or China which is not at all realistic.
  • EU membership has increased UK salaries by around £2, 000
  • The NHS
    • I’m assuming here that (even more) NHS privatisation is not good to put it really lightly.
    • The head of the Anti-EU campaign (Aaron Banks) and the prominent figures in that campaign want the NHS privatised. This shows how important it is to vote and to vote to remain in the EU.
    • The strategy of the Anti-EU campaign, as summarised by its leader is:
      • “Bore the electorate into submission … If turnout is low, we win. If it’s high, we lose … Our strategy is to bore the electorate into submission, and it’s working.”
    • This is from the same campaign that claims that the EU is anti-democratic but clearly thinks that voters won’t actually look at what they’re saying and questioning it.
    • It’s projected that the NHS will face £40 billion in cuts if we leave the EU. It goes without saying that we really can’t afford to let the NHS take even more of a beating than it already has.
    • Healthcare in this country is better for remaining in the EU for research cooperation and funding; Cancer is one clear example of this – leading medical journals say that cancer care and research would be hugely set back if we left.
    • The main thing I feared about remaining in the EU was the TTIP, a proposed EU policy which put really simply could have made it more easy for foregin companies to buy parts of the NHS. Protests against this in many countries have shown to be hugely promising, however, so I feel it’s less of a concern now. In face of the shadowy council leading the Anti-EU camp, I personally would feel far safer remaining in and keeping the benefits currently offered.
  • Democracy, Rights, Migration
    • Equal pay, non-discrimination legislation and other rights are secured within the EU. Workers’ rights are protected by staying in the EU: maternity leave, holiday leave, protection for people in the workplace such as non-discrimination based on sexual orientation or sex.
    • We elect MEPs to represent us in the EU – it doesn’t work like a dictator in the slightest.
    • Environmental legislation is a good example of how the EU works. Common standards which take into account differences in each country are implemented and monitored across each EU country. Huge amounts of research is put into this to find out what needs doing, why and what goals and standards are reasonable.
    • 1.2 million British people live abroad in the EU. Travel is far easier when we are part of the EU. This isn’t usually considered when talking about migration.

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  • Aid and humanitarian crisis:
    • Being in the EU helps the UK take on climate change, work and cooperate to solve humanitarian problems, for example the EU gives £6 of aid for every £1 Britain provides.
    • We aren’t forced to take in masses of refugees or asylum seekers, looking at the most recent Syrian crisis shows this.
    • Cooperation with the EU can help control immigration and asylum better, more closely watching immigration and asylum to ensure it isn’t done illegally.
    • About 93% of land in the UK is totally unused – we aren’t in any danger of drowning in immigrants or refugees (immigration to the UK in Sep 2015 was 232, 000, which really isn’t that much compared to other countries).
  • Claiming benefits:
    • People immigrating to the UK can’t claim benefits until they are permanently settled here. This takes years and the system is complicated and drawn out enough to put people off claiming anyway, it’s been proven that migrants claim far less and less often than UK citizens. EU migrants to the UK can’t claim Jobseeker’s allowance or child benefits for three months after arriving here. UK citizens are protected in the EU on a similar basis. Only 2% of people receiving benefits are EU migrants living in the UK. (There’s a lot more information on this especially online, it can look confusing when I just rattle off statistics like that; it’s really easy to play on people’s fear of immigrants but the statistics show that there really isn’t any reason to be sacred of the UK being overrun).

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