WHY LABOUR IS IN FOR BRITAIN
Britain is better off in Europe. It brings us jobs, growth and investment, protects British workers and consumers and helps keep us safe. Leaving would put that at risk and diminish Britain’s influence in the world.
Britain’s EU membership supports jobs, investment and growth and makes us better off:-
Over three million British jobs are linked to our trade with the EU;
The EU is by far the UKs largest trading partner and the world's largest single market. Half of our exports go to EU countries, worth over £220 billion a year to the UK economy, and over 200,000 British companies export to the EU;
We receive an average of £24 billion of investment every year from other EU countries, the equivalent of £66m per day;
The average family saves around £450 a year due to lower prices due to lower prices because of our access to the largest single market in the world.
If we leave, Britain will have to follow the EU's rules if we want to do business there - we just won’t have any say in making the rules.
Britain’s EU membership protects workers, consumers and the environment:-
Being in the EU gives working people vital protections such as paid holiday, maternity and paternity leave, protection for agency workers and health and safety in the workplace;
British shoppers are better protected then ever thanks to EU consumer protection;
Being in Europe helps keep costs down on everything from passenger air fares to mobile phone roaming charges;
Our EU membership makes us better able to tackle climate change as well as raising the environmental standards of Britain’s beaches, and improving air quality.
If we leave, British workers could lose protection secured in EU law, because this or any future Tory government would be free to launch an assault on rights at work.
Britain is stronger and safer in Europe:-
Britain's EU membership gives us a seat at the top table and a stronger voice on the world stage. Our allies all around the world, including America, NATO partners and Commonwealth countries, are urging the UK to stay in the EU;
The European Arrest Warrant has led to over 1,100 suspected criminals being arrested and returned to Britain to face justice; Britain has also sent 7,400 suspected criminals who had fled to our country back to the EU;
Working with our EU partners provides us the best way to stop would-be terrorists entering Europe. In the wake of the Paris attacks, EU ministers have agreed to tighten border checks so that anyone entering or leaving Schengen will have their details checked against a Europe-wide database, which lists wanted terror suspects and people linked to organised crime;
EU membership helps us control our borders. It meant we were able to persuade France to move Britain’s border from Dover to Calais while EU rules mean economic migrants have to register in the in the EU country where they first arrive;
Since the Second World War, the European Union has been instrumental in bringing peace and security to our continent, and in helping to build that peace elsewhere too;
If we leave, Britain will be less safe as it could mean we are no longer able to use the European Arrest Warrant and our ability to counter terrorism and international crime would be severely undermined.
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