(Original post by the bear)
Around 3.5 million British jobs are directly linked to British membership of the European Union’s single market – 1 in 10 British jobs.
Reply - Explain how the figures were reached.
Was it that they simply added all the employees together of every company that trades anything with another company that is in an eu country regardless of its significance to that company?
2. Exports & investment
The EU buys over 50 per cent of UK exports (54 per cent of goods, 40 per cent of services).
Over 300,000 British companies and 74 per cent of British exporters operate in other EU markets.
American and Asian EU firms build factories in Britain because it is in the single market.
Reply - the eu doesn't buy that amount of our exports and it has been consistently going down over the last decade you need to check your facts. The U.K. Actually buys more from the eu than it sells to it also. Your assertion that American and Asian firms invest in the uk only because it is in the eu is laughable.
The EU negotiates trade agreements with the rest of the world. Outside the EU Britain would have to renegotiate trade deals alone. While the EU is the world’s largest market, a UK outside the EU would not be a high priority for other counties to negotiate a trade deal.
Reply - I suppose a country with the 5th largest economy in the world isn't a priority for every nation on earth to trade with isn't a priority then. I suppose that huge foreign office we have is useless and should be sold off for fancy London flats lol.
4. Consumer clout
British families enjoy lower mobile phone roaming charges, lower credit card fees, cheaper flights and proper compensation when flights are delayed or cancelled. These sorts of benefits could not be achieved by Britain alone.
Reply - oh really? Parliament can't legislate anything they like once we have left?
5. Clean environment
Through commonly agreed EU standards, national Governments have achieved improvements to the quality of air, rivers and beaches. Good for Britain and good for Britons holidaying or living abroad!
Reply - same as above
6. Power to curb the multinationals
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.
Reply - again the same as above
7. Freedom to work and study abroad – and easy travel
1.4 million British people live abroad in the EU. More than 14,500 UK students took part in the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange scheme in 2012-13. Driving licences issued in the UK are valid throughout the EU.
Reply - the people who have gone to the eu are no longer our problem but regardless of this when looking at driving licences our licence is valid wherever we go on holiday i can hire and drive a car in the USA for example.
The general public couldn't care less what 14,000 people a year do when we look at a population of 60 million. Also don't forget there are more than double the amount of eu citizens in the uk than the uk have in Europe and the vast majority of uk citizens living in the eu are in Spain and Ireland. Ireland is a country that we have free movement with outside the European Union via a bi lateral agreement.
8. Peace and democracy
The EU has helped secure peace among previously warring western European nations. It helped to consolidate democracy in Spain, Portugal, Greece and former Soviet bloc countries and helped preserve peace in the Balkans since the end of the Balkans War. With the UN it now plays a leading role in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and democracy building.
Reply - wrong that's nato hence why Russia simply invaded a none nato country because it was getting closer to Europe membership
9. Equal pay and non-discrimination
Equal pay for men and women is enshrined in EU law, as are bans on discrimination by age, race or sexual orientation. This benefits Britain and British people who live in other EU countries.
Reply - those laws are already in British law
10. Influence in the world
As 28 democracies, and as the world’s biggest market, we are strong when we work together.
Britain is represented in many international organisations in joint EU delegations – giving Britain more influence than it would have alone. The EU has played a major role in climate, world trade and development.
Reply - that's why whilst in the eu we can't take our permanent seats at the wto and security council.
11. Cutting red tape
Common rules for the common market make it unnecessary to have 28 sets of national regulations.
Reply - haaaaa laughable rules imposed on us that aren't specifically for uk benefit. Oh yea and that vast majority of uk companies the ones that don't export to the eu have to abide by them even though they don't rebadge with them
12. Fighting crime
The European Arrest Warrant replaced long extradition procedures and enables the UK to extradite criminals wanted in other EU countries, and bring to justice criminals wanted in the UK who are hiding in other EU countries.
Eurojust helps UK authorities work with other EU countries’ to tackle international organised crime such as drug smuggling, people trafficking and money laundering.
Reply - I see so we couldn't be part of the European arrest warrant after leaving and share intelligence?
...and one bonus...
13. Research funding
The UK is the second largest beneficiary of EU research funds, and the British Government expects future EU research funding to constitute a vital source of income for our world-leading universities and companies
Reply - yep that money comes from the half of the membership fee we get back. We don't choose what research is done either and of course if we wish we can continue to find this after wards.