The UK referendum on continued membership of the EU was held on 23 June 2016, and the result was 52% to 48% in favour of leaving. But the story is not yet over. There referendum was advisory, there was never plan regarding what the UK outside the EU would look like, the negotiations on leaving have not yet begun, it is clear that many of the unheeded warnings about the costs of leaving are coming home to roost, and polls indicate a high level of regret among those who voted to leave.
Since the outcome was always going to determine not just the place of the UK in Europe and the world, but the very future of a united kingdom, its importance cannot be over-emphasized. Those of us who support continued membership must continue to make a positive and progressive case for continued membership.
This page is designed as a resource for anyone looking for information on the benefits and achievements of UK membership of the EU, and of the EU in general.
Here are some good places to start:
The EU: What’s in it for me? From the EU
CBI Factsheet From the Confederation of British Industry
50 Reasons to Love the European Union From The Independent, March 2007
Ten things the EU has done for us From The Guardian, October 2012
What’s the EU ever done for us? This lot. Letter to The Guardian, February 2013
So what has Europe ever done for you? From The Independent, January 2014
What has the European Parliament ever done for us? From the BBC, February 2014
The Benefits of Scotland’s EU Membership, March 2015
An EU explainer for the easily bored: what has Europe ever done for me? From New Statesman, March 2015
What has the European Union ever done for us? From The Independent, February 2016
What has the EU ever done for us? From Huffington Post, February 2016
What has the EU done for the UK? From The Financial Times, February 2016
Here is a quick Top Ten list:
Top Ten list reasons to like the EU
- Helping bring a lasting peace to Europe. (Not a negative peace of the kind brought by military force.)
- Promoting prosperity, innovation, opportunity and choice.
- Raising standards and expectations.
- Helping Europeans understand their shared values.
- Reducing – yes, reducing – regulation and red tape.
- Replacing self-interest with shared interests, and exclusion with inclusion.
- Promoting democracy and free markets at home and abroad.
- Allowing Europe and its individual states to speak with a louder voice.
- Offering a benchmark model of civilian power.
- Encouraging a rules-based approach to international affairs.