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
- The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has estimated that around 3 million jobs in Britain are due to being part of the EU, as they are centred around trading with Europe
- It makes things such as flying and supermarket shopping cheaper, as well as lower prices when using your phone abroad
- Sticking with the flying theme, you also get a shorter queue at the airport when flying to an EU country, which seems unimportant, but it highlights one way it’ll affect our travel. It’s therefore easier for us to move around Europe, which could include studying or even living abroad
- Being part of the EU gives us more influence to help the organisation involve and creates a unity with other countries, rather than being isolated
- There are also security reasons, as countries in Europe can share information about terrorists and also arrest criminals using the European Arrest Warrant
- Now it’s time for the dull economical stuff…
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?
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
- We send £350 million a week to the EU, and this money could be spent elsewhere
- We will therefore be able to have more control of where our spending goes as the EU won’t be able to dictate it
- We will no longer be a part of the European Court of Human Rights, so will have more control over our justice system. The EU courts can also overrule courts in Britain, which would be stopped by leaving
- Britain will regain its sovereignty, rather than decisions being made in Brussels, where power is centralised
- Campaigners argues EU regulations harm our trade, with EU red tape limiting deals we could make to help small businesses. We can’t make free trade deals with countries like India and China, which other non-EU countries can
- Vote Leave says we will gain more control over migration as there will no longer be free movement in Europe.
- It’ll be beneficial for the NHS, as the money originally given to the EU could be used to improve health services. Welfare payments could also be reduced to non-UK EU citizens, further benefiting the NHS
- The number of countries in the EU are expanding, with worries Turkey will also be allowed to join, increasing immigration in Britain. The EU started out as 9 countries, but now has 28
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