Like most of the people I know, I’m voting to remain in the EU. There are three main reasons for this:
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- Britain is part of Europe physically – the London Central Line is over twice as long as the narrow stretch of water separating Britain from France. The EU as an institution provides the framework for agreeing and enforcing the rules that let us live together as friendly neighbours. We need something to allow us to collaborate, cooperate and look after our shared neighbourhood – the EU provides that. If there are particular rules or aspects of the EU that we don’t like, being a member provides the means for us to change it for the better.
- I believe in freedom of movement. Being able to visit, work and live anywhere in the other 27 member states is a great privilege that I do not want to lose – I want to live where I choose in the European neighbourhood. I also want my fellow Europeans to have the right to visit, do business and live in the UK – it makes the UK a better place to live.
- An exit from the EU will adversely impact my family, my friends and colleagues. There are no meaningful benefits to leaving – indeed we’ll have many additional challenges. The only clear policy the Leave campaign have put forward is the restriction on freedom of movement, a policy I wholehearted disagree with.
I’m hopeful that as the referendum draws near, more and more people will realise the importance of voting to remain. Voting to leave will diminish us as a nation and hurt many people individually.