The EU plays a leading role in combatting global warming and biodiversity loss by:
- Improving air quality;
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
- Reducing sewage emissions, making better beaches and bathing water;
- Imposing recycling targets and imposing restrictions on landfill dumping;
- Regulating the transportation and disposal of toxic waste;
- Reducing noise pollution in urban areas;
- Stricter safety standards for cars, buses and trucks;
- Protecting endangered species and habitats.
Around 2.5million people are employed in the UK as a direct result of our EU trade - that’s one in 10 people in work in Britain.
- 3.1 million jobs in the UK are directly linked to exports to the EU;
- Free movement of labour has helped the UK plug skills gaps in the NHS and social care;
- Free movement of labour has helped UK businesses with fruit pickers, agricultural workers and care and catering staff;
- It’s also brought some of the best continental footballers to the Premier League!
Security and crime
We are living in the longest continuous period of peace in Europe in history. In sharing intelligence, in policing each other’s borders and establishing the European Arrest Warrant, cooperation is making us all stronger. We also benefit from:
- Cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy;
- EU cross-country coordination offers greater protection from terrorists, paedophiles, people traffickers and cyber-crime;
- The death penalty can never be reintroduced as it is incompatible with EU membership.
Over 3,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK get financial support from the EU. What’s more:
- The UK is the second largest beneficiary of EU research funding.
- The British film industry, theatre, music and dance wouldn’t be world-leaders without EU funding;
- The EU also provides funding for British sport, including football apprenticeships, tennis and rugby league;
- 14,500 UK students travelled for the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange scheme in 2012-13.
Across Europe we enjoy lower mobile phone roaming charges, lower credit card fees, cheaper flights and proper compensation when flights are delayed or cancelled thanks to EU negotiation. In addition:
- Your driving licence is valid in every country;
- No time consuming border checks for UK travellers in Europe.
Work and play
Holiday benefits are a nice bonus of EU membership, but if you live and work in the EU they are a lifeline. Over a million British people live in EU countries, while cheaper food and alcohol imports from continental Europe benefit those at home.
Trade and business
Staying in the EU means every business in the country has the right to trade in a market of 500million people across 28 countries.
where the EU acts as a guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, ensuring a frictionless Irish border.
Overall we get more out than we pay in. Britain pays £5.7 billion a year to be a member of the EU Single Market, but the benefit of being in the EU is worth £91 billion to our economy.
Doesn’t it just make sense to Remain?