The EU Referendum: Should I Vote In Or Out?

Jenny Richards /
Jun 6, 2016 / Opinion

The EU debate has (sadly) seemed to be bogged down by political rivalries and scare tactics. With roughly two weeks until the vote takes place, many of us still aren’t sure where we stand. So here’s your guide to decide if you’re an ‘Innie’ or an ‘Outie’ in the EU Referendum:

Voting To Stay In The EU?

Who’s Running the Campaign?

Britain Stronger In Europe

Who Supports Them?

Those in favour of staying in includes David Cameron, George Osborne, Gordon Brown, Ellie Goulding and Stephen Hawking

Reasons to Vote In

Though we contribute a vast amount of money to the EU (The UK gave the EU €14.5bn in 2013) we receive money back (€6.3bn in 2013), as well as money for research grants (€3.1bn). We are also the only country to receive a rebate, negotiated by Margaret Thatcher, where we get more money back from the EU as well, which is mainly paid by France. Our contribution to the EU enables us to benefit from things such as the European Court of Justice and trade with the EU. This means Stronger In Europe argues that it is economically beneficial to stay in Europe. Campaigners have said that our annual contribution is roughly £340 per household, and the CBI says that the trade, investment, jobs and lower prices due to being in Europe is worth £3000 per year to each household. Lots of figures, but basically the EU is good for the economy, particularly as we get 50 free trade agreements with countries across the world by being a member

Voting To Leave The EU?

Who’s Running The Campaign?

Vote Leave

Who Supports them?

Those in favour of leaving the EU includes Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Nigel Farage, Michael Caine and Julien Fellowes

Reasons to Vote Out

So whether you’re voting In, Out or just shaking it all about (sorry, I couldn’t resist), it’s important that you cast your vote. The 7th of June is the last day to register to vote, and then the referendum takes place on June 23rd. Your voice is important, and the referendum is a decision on the future you want, so make sure your voice is heard.


Words by Jenny Richards

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