PEACE & SECURITY IN EUROPE & THE WORLD
For the first time in Europe’s history, we have known peace for all of our lives
Over 70 years without conflict between EU nations – allied to resist invasion and attack.
History shows us that absolute sovereignty is dangerous. When sovereignty is absolute, countries may very soon start abusing their own citizens and declaring wars. Military war has so often followed trade war. Take Nazi Germany, for example.
The absolute opposite of what the EU is all about. When countries voluntarily sign up and agree to supra-national law, which is above the jurisdiction of individual governments, and trade agreements, their citizens are more protected and wars avoided.
After World War II and before the advent of the EU (or EEC) Winston Churchill saw this and advocated a form of ‘United States of Europe’ in which individual nations would forfeit some aspects of independence in law and trade in order to work together for the common good of all citizens.
Seven decades on, those of us that live in the EU live in the most peaceful, prosperous and enlightened supra-national democracy that has ever existed anywhere or at anytime in the full sweep of human history.
The UK is no longer a world power. The future is going to be decided by blocks, such as the USA and EU – not little Britain on its own!
FACING WORLD PROBLEMS IN PARTNERSHIP
Global warming, Immigration, Terrorism and other worldwide issues are often larger problems than a single country can tackle. By pooling resources and expertise, the EU has provided Europe with the legal framework and permanent institutions to tackle such all-encompassing issues in a far more efficient manner than ad-hoc inter-country cooperation can achieve.
PROSPERITY & CLOUT IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Globalisation is a fundamental change in the way world politics and economics work. It is a process fueled by ongoing demographic, cultural, technological and political factors which is likely to keep going for the foreseeable future affecting all of our lives. By pooling together, the EU enables European countries to have far more clout than they would each individually have. The EU has 23% of the world’s nominal GDP with just 7% of the worlds’s population, so the EU weighs-in on globalisation, shaping it to our benefit.
At the same time, Britain is more likely to win better deals from its non-EU trading partners as a member of the EU, because those partners are more willing to make concessions if that gives them access to the vast EU market, rather than if they allow access only to the much smaller British market.
The EU is the biggest trading partnership in the world. Membership gives British firms and individuals unfettered tariff-free access to the largest number of markets, exporting and importing on terms which reflect the size and influence of the bloc.
The European Union has attracted greater inward investment from outside the EU. Inward investment grew from €23 billion [£15.4 billion] in 1992 to €159 billion [ £106.5 billion] in 2005. The UK is the 5th largest source of inward investment in the world, and being a member of the single market is an important factor in encouraging Japanese businesses.
Ove ther ten years 1993-2003, the European Single Market boosted the EU’s GDP by €877 billion [£588 billion]. This represents £3,819 of extra income per household.
In an increasingly competitive and global economy, our prospects are better as a leading nation in a leading bloc.
And this does not stop us trading globally, as we always have done.
FASTER, MORE EFFICIENT, CHEAPER
No customs barriers means 60 million customs clearance documents per year no longer need to be completed, cutting bureaucracy and reducing costs and delivery times.
We are free to shop in any EU countries without paying any tariffs or excise duties when we return home.
TACKLING GLOBAL WARMING
In 2006, The EU committed to reducing its global warming emissions by at least 20% of 1990 levels by 2020. The EU has also committed to spending $375 billion a year to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050.
So, a healthier environment for our children!
BROTHERHOOD & SOCIAL HARMONY
Fellowship, Equality & Justice for All
By harmonising a common set of human rights and other social provisions, we can maintain a higher and more just form of treatment for everyone, reducing the risk of exploitation and hardship. The EU is the world leader in protecting the human rights of its members. The UK Human Rights Act 1998 incorporates into our law the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights.
Citizens of an EU country are automatically citizens of the EU, with extra rights, privileges and responsibilities. See EU Citizenship – external link to MyCitizenship.EU
Harmony and mutual respect between peoples of all EU nations – working together in partnership.
Helping Where Needed Together
The EU Regional Development Programme channels resources to areas of need including regional support initiatives for the less developed regions of the United Kingdom.
The ability for multinational companies to evade taxation is only possible when individual countries are willing to create exemptions for their own gain. They rob other nations of their fair tax share. But a pan-national authority such as the EU is able to prevent that. The Republic of Ireland attempted to defraud other EU nations by offering Apple special terms. By closing this loophole multinationals should have no option but to pay taxes in the countries where they earned the profits.
(Worth noting that non-multi national companies are put at a disadvantage by this sort of thing. Anyone who “patriotically” wants to support British companies should passionately demand multinationals are taxed in the same way.)
Note: the EU tax-avoidance directives come into force in March 2019!
SCIENTIFIC & TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
Innovating & Growing Together
The essential development of science and technology operates best when universities and scientific institutions can function at a supra-national level. Some projects are just too big to be undertaken by a single nation.
Universities should be able to specialise and then attract students from the whole continent able to participate in that research. National boundaries would impede this work, and put the UK at a severe disadvantage.
In the same way certain industries only make sense at vast scale. Auto manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and aerospace are just too big to fit in one host country. But they can fit within a continent, provided there is freedom of movement of goods, services and people. It is only the Airbus wings that are made in the UK – other parts are produced elsewhere in Europe and then brought together for assembly.
Being in the EU helps Britain attract the most talented European scientists, doctors, and entrepreneurs, who by working in Britain boost its economic growth.
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE
Opportunities for All
In terms of personal opportunity, freedom of movement allows individuals to relocate to find circumstances that suit their needs. British retirees might want to live some place where the sun is warmer and the rents are lower.
People from other EU countries with multiple languages might want to work in the UK’s hotels or the NHS. Likewise, British people are free to work or study in Europe. So its rather like the freedom people have in USA to move from state to state. There is nothing wrong with free movement. It is a win-win opportunity as 1.6m Britons living in the EU27 can testify.
And EU regulations provide for the restriction of movement where it is deemed inappropriate. Its just that up until now UK Governments have chosen not to adopt these rules in controlling our borders!
EU membership attracts investment to Britain, because goods and services produced here can be traded freely throughout the EU.
Shaping the Future Together
Full membership gives Britain a say in shaping the laws, social development and rules of trade among EU members to meet British interests.
These include the Environment, Consumer Protection, Working Conditions and Vocational Training.
BEACON OF CIVILISATION
Historically Europe, and especially Britain, has been at the forefront of human advancement in the world. Two world wars impaired this. However, a conflict-free democratic partnership of inter-dependent nations is restoring Europe to an international role leading the world as it strides into the future, not just in matters of economy, defence, society; but also in matters of international aid.