EU: IN or OUT?

With the EU Referendum round the corner, we have created this post to make it easier to see the reasons why we should leave the EU or Remain.  

1. Consumer affairs




People in Britain save an average of £450 a year because prices are lower as a result of EU membership


Flights and mobile phone charges are among the goods and services that are cheaper


The EU ensures that imported goods meet European quality standards




EU red tape makes goods and services more expensive


The recent row over the “tampon tax” shows the EU has too much power, Britain should be able to set VAT rates itself


Consumer protection laws existed before the EU and would remain after Britain left


2. Cost of membership




Economic benefits of EU membership easily outweigh the cost


Other countries contribute more per person than the UK does


After Brexit, the UK would still have to contribute to the EU budget to retain access to the single market




The gross cost works out at £350m a week


If the UK left, billions of pounds would become available for other priorities


The UK would also be able to decide how to spend the money that the EU transfers back to it​


3. Education and research




UK universities receive millions in research funding from the EU


Many of the UK's top scientists come from elsewhere in Europe with the help of EU grants


The Erasmus programme allows British students to study abroad




Only 3% of total R&D spending in Britain is funded by the EU


The UK will be able to increase funding to science out of savings from not paying for EU membership


Britain could set its own immigration policy which could fast track scientists and graduates


4. Energy and environment




Leaving the EU would see energy bills rise by £500m


Britain’s energy security is stronger as part of the EU because it negotiates as a large bloc


​The UK has cleaner water and air, and lower greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to EU action




EU environmental regulation can be an unnecessary burden on business and push up energy prices


Other European countries would still want to sell their electricity to the UK after Brexit


Most of the UK's gas imports come from Norway – Britain is not dependent on Russia


5. Farming and fishing




Many British farmers would go out of business without the support of the CAP

73% of UK farming exports go to the EU


It was the EU that forced France and Germany to lift bans on British beef


Fisheries have to be managed to prevent over-fishing




Britain pays more for the CAP than it gets back so leaving the EU would make more money available for UK farmers


The CAP also wastes lots of money on bureaucracy


The Common Fisheries Policy has devastated the British fishing industry


6. Global role and defence




UK needs to be in the EU helping to take big decisions, not sitting on the sidelines


Leaving the EU would diminish Britain’s influence on the world stage


Working with EU neighbours to tackle shared threats has helped keep Britain safer




Membership of Nato and the UN Security Council are more important to Britain’s defence than the EU


The EU interferes with defence procurement and wants to set up its own army


Britain would have more influence on the world stage as an independent country


7. Immigration




Immigrants, especially those from the EU, pay more in taxes than they take out

Cameron's EU deal means in-work benefits for new EU migrant workers will be limited for the first four years


Outside the EU the UK would still have to accept free movement to gain full access to the single market


Immigration is good for the economy




It is impossible to control immigration as a member of the EU


Public services are under strain because of the number of migrants


High immigration has driven down wages for British workers


Points-based system for migrants to the UK should be extended to include those from the EU


8. Policing and security




Britain does not have open borders because it is not in the Schengen area


Europol membership allows the UK to share intelligence and fight cross-border crime


The European Arrest Warrant has returned over 1,000 criminals to face justice in the UK




Being in the EU makes it easier for terrorists to come to the UK


Supremacy of EU courts makes it harder to deport violent criminals


Britain would still co-operate with other European countries to fight terrorism after Brexit, as currently happens with the US


9. Sovereignty and laws




Only a minority of UK laws derive from the EU


Britain retains a veto in many important areas


Cameron’s EU deal allows national parliaments to block legislation


Some sharing of sovereignty is crucial to enable fair trade across Europe




Most UK laws are made in Brussels


Other member states can force through decisions against the UK’s wishes


The British government has repeatedly been defeated in cases brought to the ECJ


Leaving the EU is the only way to regain full sovereignty


10. Trade and economy




Brexit would cause an economic shock and growth would be slower


As a share of exports Britain is more dependent on the rest of the EU than they are on us


The UK would still have to apply EU rules to retain access to the single market




UK companies would be freed from the burden of EU regulation


Trade with EU countries would continue because we import more from them than we export to them


Britain would be able to negotiate its own trade deals with other countries


11. Travel and living abroad




Flights to Europe and using mobile phones on holiday are cheaper thanks to the EU


British tourists enjoy free or cheaper healthcare in other EU countries


There is no guarantee that expats in the EU would be able to stay after Brexit




There is no reason that leaving the EU would make it harder to go on holiday in Europe


International law means current expats could not be forced to return to the UK


The UK has deals with lots of other countries to help Britons living abroad


12. Work and pay




Three million jobs in the UK are linked to trade with the EU


The EU has delivered guaranteed holiday pay, paid maternity leave, and increased protection in the workplace


The UK gets £66m investment every day from the EU




Less regulation in the workplace would create more jobs


Maternity leave and holiday pay would only change if Britain decided to change them


The UK could get more investment from countries outside the EU


Lower migration would push wages up


This information was sourced from the BBC -









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