83 Reasons why Britain should Remain in the EU

83 Reasons why Britain should Remain in the EU – Last updated November 2019


1) Peace since 1945 – The EU has for 60 years been the foundation of peace between European neighbours

2) No inflammatory border between Northern and Southern Ireland

3) Counter terrorism intelligence

4) European arrest warrant and cooperation on extraditing criminals and terrorists

5) Access to crime databases

6) Cybersecurity – Data protection and information sharing. Europol law enforcement agency aims to support the 28 EU Member States in their fight against terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime.

7) Safety in numbers for standing up to world bullies

8) Support against possible Putin poisoning and Trump trade wars

9) EU diplomatic efforts to uphold the nuclear non-proliferation treaty

10) Cross border policing to combat human trafficking, arms and drug smuggling

11) The EU assisted the political, social and economic transformation of 13 former dictatorships, now EU members, since 1980

12) European civil and military co-operation in post-conflict zones in Europe and Africa


13) A say in the laws – a place at the top table – a rule-maker. The UK’s elected 73 MEPs have the power to approve, amend or reject nearly all EU legislation. They hold the have the power to approve, amend or reject nearly all EU legislation. They hold the European Commission to account and can force it to resign. The European Parliament also decides on the EU budget and influences how EU money is spent.

14) Representation at the European Court of Justice – the right to appoint judges to the ECJ

15) Greater influence in other international organisations, e.g. the United Nations, with the UK being part of the larger EU


16) Membership of the world’s most successful trading block

17) Smooth access to a market of 500 million people

18) Freedom to trade across 27 other countries

19) Membership of 750 international agencies – agreements with 168 countries, covering trade in nuclear goods, fisheries, transport, regulatory cooperation, financial


20) 63% of our trade is with the EU and other countries through joint trade deals

21) 44% of UK exports and 53% of UK imports are with the EU (2017)

22) Hassle-free borders: Fast, friction-free imports and exports with minimal paperwork and customs checks throughout the single market (no lorry parks at ports) enabling “just-in-time” manufacture

23) Price transparency and removal of commission on currency exchanges across the eurozone

24) Passporting for financial services to do business across 27 other countries

25) Harmonised rules for products and services

26) Single market competition bringing quality improvements and better industrial performance

27) Break-up of monopolies

28) Europe-wide patent and copyright protection

29) More clout for stopping Chinese imports flooding our market

30) Prevent cheap poor-quality goods pricing our producers out of business (e.g. hormone-fed beef)


31) EU representation in international forums, bloc negotiating power

32) Medical research, EU funding and staff, benefiting patients. Participation in European Reference Networks, e.g. research in rare and complex diseases

33) Space research, lucrative European space contracts, satellite research

34) Euratom – regulating safety and the nuclear industry, particularly importing vital isotopes for cancer treatments

35) Defence

36) EU-funded research and industrial collaboration

37) Cheaper mobile phone charges

38) Broadcasting – funded grants and schemes, licensing cooperation, broadcasting rights, operating licences, 650 channels affected

39) Film-making – funding, freedom to move staff and equipment across borders thriving business boosting tax revenues

40) Musicians/Actors/Dancers’ ability to travel and perform across 27 other countries

41) Cross-cultural exchanges

42) Support for democracy and human rights across Europe and beyond Investment from the EU (about £5 billion p.a. in the UK) see www.myeu.uk/

43) Agriculture

44) Regional development

45) Infrastructure (structural funding to areas hit by industrial decline)

46) New roads

47) Investment across Europe contributing to better living standards and educational, social and cultural capital


48) Safe working hours (the right not to work more than a 48-hour week without overtime)

49) Workers’ rights, labour protection and enhanced social welfare, e.g. maternity benefits

50) Smoke-free workplaces

51) Equal pay legislation

52) Holiday entitlement


53) Food quality (stop GM foods or chlorinated chicken)

54) Safety and production of chemicals (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals – REACH and ECHA)

55) Safety standards in building regulations, e.g. boiler safety, electrical wiring, new roofs

56) Improved consumer protection

57) Consistent food labelling

58) Improved product safety


59) Environmental protection – clean air, clean beaches, clean rivers

60) Lead-free petrol

61) Restrictions on landfill dumping

62) High standards of recycling and waste disposal

63) Strongest wildlife protection in the world

64) Improved animal welfare in food production

65) A ban on growth hormones and other harmful food additives


66) Experienced, already-trained doctors, nurses, researchers and other staff for the NHS

67) Medical research cooperation and investment

68) Ability to import medicines quickly across borders

69) Easy import of vital short-life radiotherapy treatment for cancer (Euratom)

70) Over 3 million EU citizens (3.7 million = 5.6% of the population) have the threat of deportation lifted and can stay in the UK, many of whom work for the NHS as doctors, nurses or caring for the elderly or infirm, contributing hugely to our welfare


71) Freedom to travel, study, work, and live across 27 other countries

72) Licences for airlines, with harmonised aviation rules, meaning cheaper air travel

73) Protection when flights are delayed or disrupted – compensation, overnight accommodation

74) Ability to use our mobile phones across Europe with reduced roaming charges

75) Erasmus student exchanges (funded opportunities for young people to undertake study or work placements abroad) – soft power influence for future cooperation between countries

76) Hassle-free pet travel, e.g. when taking a dog on holiday

77) Visa-free holidays with free basic health insurance cover

The £ in our pocket

78) Low inflation (before the Referendum: ½%, since the Referendum: up to 3.2%)

79) Lower cost of foreign currency (£ lost up to 20% or 1/5th of its value against the Euro after the Referendum), therefore cheaper medicines, holidays, imported food, parts for manufacture

80) EU workers in the UK pick fruit and vegetables, contributing to our economy

81) British pensioners in Europe receive their pension annual increases, as well as free reciprocal health care, avoiding the need to move back to the UK

82) More job security (companies relocating from the UK due to Brexit uncertainty:

Nissan, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Dyson, Airbus, Goldman Sachs Investment Management, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Vanguard, Schroders, JP Morgan Wealth Management and Aviva Investors.)

83) More inward investment, creating tax revenues and jobs. The financial services industry contributes £72 billion tax revenue and 12.5% of GDP. It employs 2.2m people. Ten large banks and investment banks are together moving £800 billion of assets from Britain – or 10% of banking assets in the country. A 10% shift in banking and finance activity would cut UK tax receipts by about 1%. Relocating abroad takes that revenue away from the government and the jobs from the people. Goldman Sachs (report 1st April 2019) said a scenario in which Britain remains in the EU would see it fully recoup Brexit-related output costs and drive a rebound in business confidence while sterling would appreciate by 10 percent. Being part of the EU attracts investment to the UK.