European Union: IN or OUT?

Days are running out until the 23rd of June 2016 where we as individuals will be able to have our say. As the Conservatives promised to give a referendum or staying in or out, they have done exactly that. Some may argue they are only doing it because politicians are usually known to mislead people and want to regain the trust of the public.

Now you have a choice of whether to stay in or out. For myself I am choosing to stay in the EU amongst many others. I appeared on BBC News just two days ago expressing why:


However, in this post instead I will just highlight some facts from independent experts who know more than I do on what could happen as a result which affect you and your family.

  1. Over 3 million UK jobs are linked to our exports to the EU- that’s one in every ten UK jobs. Source: Official Treasury Report
  2. Family finances – Being in the EU makes the UK economy stronger. If we left, our economy would be hit to the tune of £4,300 a year for each UK household. Source: Official Treasury Report
  3. 3. Businesses – Over 200,000 UK businesses trade with the EU, helping them create jobs here in the UK. Source: HMRC
  4. Prices – Being in Europe means lower prices in UK shops, saving the average UK household over £350 a year. If we left Europe, your weekly shop could cost more. Source: London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance
  5. Public services – Leaving the EU would hit the UK economy, and mean government spending cuts of £36 billion – meaning less money for the NHS. Source: Official Treasury Report

These are just a number of areas which will be affected by your vote in the in or out choice. Hopefully a number of these factors will help to make your mind up for your future. One other I would mention is law making, when laws are being made there are a number of steps they do so:

Making a Bill a law:

  1. First reading when the bill arrives
  2. Second reading: Main debate on purpose and key areas of the bill
  3. Committee stage: Detailed line by line scrutiny of the text with amendments (proposed changes) Votes may take place to decide whether to make the changes
  4. Report stage: Further examination of the text. More amendments are debated and further votes take place to decide whether to make the changes.
  5. Third reading: A ‘tidying up’ stage. Final chance for amendments and votes.
  6. Each house considers the other amendments
  7. Royal Assent: when both Houses agree the final content, a bill is approved by the Queen and it becomes a law or ‘Act of Parliament’

After all of these steps the government will then signal whether it will accept it or reject the proposal. If the government does not intent to accept the amendment the member who suggested it can either withdraw it or call a division (vote). As you can imagine this process can take an incredibly long time. Just think of the process if we are to leave the EU and make our ‘own laws’.

Leaving the EU can possibly be a very damaging move for Great Britain. With the achievements for equality for men and women which have come through the Union, is undoubtedly unmissable. UK businesses can create more jobs in Europe than out on their own which has been seen over a period of time. A Brexit would have massive implications of the jobs, rights and the very fabric of the UK. If you take that floor away, workers will be worse off. Staying in is better for the NHS, it is better for women and it is better for midwives. On the balance of probability it is more likely we’ll have less money in our pockets if we vote to leave.

These are just a few things that could possibly happen. It is completely up to you how you feel about the situation. This is neither a scare mongering tactic, but just possibility of things to come. I wish you all a happy voting season. Most of all to do plenty of research before the voting!




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