The EU Referendum Explained

The EU Referendum Explained

The general public don't actually know when the Referendum is going to happen the conservatives promised to have the vote by 2017. The European referendum is about asking the population of the United Kingdom whether they want Britain to stay in or leave the European Union. So what exactly is the European Union (EU)? Well to put it briefly - I mean very briefly- the EU is the cooperation of 28 countries who actively regulate and govern on things like movement of people, trade and even the price of milk!

eu-63985_1920.jpgThe European referendum is about asking the population of the United Kingdom whether they want Britain to stay in or leave the European Union. So what exactly is the European Union (EU)? Well to put it briefly – I mean very briefly- the EU is the cooperation of 28 countries who actively regulate and govern on things like movement of people, trade and even the price of milk! Those in the out campaign say that the EU holds too much power over the legitimate (or voted in) governments.

The general public don’t actually know when the Referendum is going to happen the conservatives promised to have the vote by 2017. Referendums are usually held in the spring or fall so that means the likely dates are May 2016 / 2017 or September 2016/17. It is too late this year to hold the vote as neither campaign has had time persuade people. Again we don’t know the question as it has to be completely neutral and not favour one argument. The first question created by parliament was “Should the UK remain a member of the European Union?”. It was thought to be biased towards the IN campaign by the electoral commission. Now the question seems to be “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”. But ultimately the question’s wording is up to parliament- so it could change again!

Below are the main argument by both the Stronger IN campaign and the Leave campaign.

Stronger IN believes that:

if we leave the EU business will suffer an estimated 3 million jobs have trade links to Europe and we get approximately £26.5 billion in investment from the union (that’s a whole lot of jäger bombs).

The international European arrest warrant means that the UK police force can work in other countries to help solve crime and catch criminals. If the UK left cooperation on cases like the Madeleine McCann kidnapping would not have had Scotland Yard cooperation.

The IN campaign also argues that UK would become a safe haven for foreign criminals as European governments would not be able to access them easily through our government.

Low cost holidays and flights to Europe would not be as cheap.

Vote Leave argue that:

British MEPs voted against 576 EU proposals between 2009 and 2014, but 485 still passed and became law in addition UK influence inside the EU is dwindling. We currently have 9.5% of the votes in the EU Parliament – when we first joined, we had almost 20%.

With less than a 10% share of the vote in the EU legislatures, the UK’s ability to influence EU policy is limited. As a consequence, leaving the EU would give Britain its own seat at the World Trade Organisation rather than being represented by the EU.

The overall EU budget totals 135.5 billion euros, of which a massive 8.4 billion euros is spent just on administration costs.

Find out more here www.strongerin.co.uk and www.leave.eu

Whatever your opinion, just make sure you are in the electoral role. You can register every year here https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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