Studying in the UK or EU

Erasmus+ in the UK if there’s no Brexit deal. If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, the UK Government will:

  • Underwrite Erasmus+ funding for all successful bids submitted while the UK are still in the EU. This arrangement is dependent on reaching agreement with the EU that UK organisations can continue to be eligible to participate in Erasmus+ projects and;
  • Funding for successful bids will continue for the lifetime of those particular projects
  • You will still be able to bid for new funding until 2020, if we reach an agreement with the EU that UK organisations can participate in Erasmus+ projects post-exit after the UK has left the EU

For further information Erasmus+ in the UK if there’s no Brexit deal

Referendum – Thoughts from an old Doctor

I am a professor of medicine who has worked as a doctor with no private medical practice in the NHS for 34 years.  I was born and educated in Essex and have been closely connected with the coast since I was born.

Today we vote on whether to remain a part of the European Union or to leave it.   You decide if and what you will vote. But I want to give you my take and persuade you to vote.

The Brexit campaign has dishonestly argued that migration threatens the NHS. This is just not true. The current queues, pressure and waiting times are not being driven by migrants creating demands on the NHS. They are being driven the ageing population on the one hand and by the [i]current Government  who are privatising the NHS by selling off estate and services to their chums in big corporations on the other.  If they are allowed to continue there will be no NHS for us, our children or our grandchildren in 10 years. They are also selling off and privatising the education system.  The Brexit campaign is largely being driven by the Right who are the very people destroying the NHS in their own interests. As ex Tory Prime minister John Major said recently: “The NHS is about as safe with them (Brexiters) as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python”. The same Right are also responsible for the real fall of 10% in our incomes which has occurred since the first decade of this century. Further the Right are supported by a privately owned media which feeds people’s anxieties with distorted and dishonest narratives about the issues at stake. The Murdoch press’s employees’s  criminal activities in relation to the News of the World seem to have been forgotten while the Sun peddles its mindless “Little England” nonsense  on the back of its gossip and football coverage.

The only UK MP, Douglas Carswell is quoted in the the Mail as saying “Why is life getting better for most people? Because we have become ever more interdependent. Instead of each family, village or country trying to do everything for itself, we have learnt how to do things for each other. As a consequence, there is more for everyone[ii].

This is exactly what the EU is about. Europe has experienced continual war since the dawn of history right up to 1945, with 20 million dead in the current Europe in the last century alone. There is a false assumption in Britain that it was the Yanks and Churchill and the Brits who won WWII. Together we lost 700k military vs 10 million military lost in USSR.  The press and broadcast reporting (distorted and often clearly dishonest) plays up anxiety about migration in the EU and the “Proud to be British” narrative to drive support for exit.  We need to remember what the EU has achieved in science, social justice, protection of workers and the economy. We need to remember how the experience of the war led Brits to get rid of Churchill and the Tories and to support setting up the NHS, the education system and the welfare state in the UK.  We need to stop the Right taking all this apart in the interest of its own profit. We need a longer sense of history.

Europe is a garden and we need a European-wide gardener to develop cooperative relationships between the different organisms which live in it. Sure there is a lot of over funded unelected bureaucracy in the EU. But we need to join forces within to produce a surge of democracy which can revive hope, silence the lying toxic populism which the leave campaign has promoted, dissolve governmental authoritarianism, and create the foundations of a future worth fighting for.  We need to do this inside the EU. Individual nations can’t solve global political problems any more. At the same time we need to reform the control of the media so that people’s information it is no longer dominated by the self interested distortions of the super rich.

Voting leave will seriously damage our economic wellbeing, particularly for the less well off and that for our children, speed up the current destruction of the NHS and education system, and increase the power of the rich to undo all of the social and economic progress our parents drove at the end of the war.   

 References

[i] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2888651/Ukip-MP-Douglas-Carswell-calls-party-inclusive-stop-making-racist-remarks-immigrants.html

[ii] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2888651/Ukip-MP-Douglas-Carswell-calls-party-inclusive-stop-making-racist-remarks-immigrants.html

Can Britain afford further budget and public finance cuts ?

EU referendum: Osborne warns of Brexit budget cuts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36534192

Yesterday, the chancellor Osborne announced that in the case UK will decide to leave the EU, it is very likely that he will raise income taxes, VAT and cut public funding for NHS, police, defense and education as he predicts there will be a black hole 30bn in British economy he needs to fix somehow.

The UK has suffered from severe austerity measures in the past 7 years and these cuts have undermined many people in British society. The most affected though had been the most vulnerable groups of society such as long-term unemployed people, disabled people and the people with multiple children. Food banks have started popping up all over the nation in previous years in order to provide basic food to the people in need. There had been major cuts to policing, higher education, welfare, and NHS already. The current generation of young people find it extremely hard to land jobs they desire and many people in this country live from paycheck to paycheck constantly worrying about their future and financial stability.

Further cuts and predicted economic recession which will follow if the “Vote Leave” camp wins will lead to an awful economic decline in this country and most likely the UK will become less attractive for economic migrants as British economy will not be even able to provide economic job opportunities for domestic population. Thus, it might help to reduce immigration, the topic the “Leave” camp argues about so often because sees immigration as the danger for the UK.

If this is what the people who will vote to leave want to risk only because they are afraid to be open and tolerant then they obviously do not have the best interest of the UK on their minds.

 

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What happened to Cameron’s proposals?

A great deal of political debate has taken place since the referendum was announced in February 2016. You may remember that behind closed doors, there were deep discussions at the European Council to decide a new settlement for the UK in the EU (you may also remember that Angela Merkel nipped out of the meeting for a bag of chips, but that’s beside the point). It is important to cast our minds back to the deals made and how they will be taken forward in the event of either a ‘vote remain’ or ‘vote leave’ result.

To make things clear, the set of arrangements agreed to will only be taken forward in the event that the UK votes to remain a member of the EU. If the UK votes to leave the EU, the arrangements will ‘cease to exist.’
 
So, what does this set of arrangements include?
There are 7 proposals and you can read them in detail here  (European Council Meeting Conclusions – PDF).
 
We have been speaking with our members regarding the proposal to provide countries in the EU with the option to index the amount of child benefit given to migrant workers to where the child resides. For example, a father is working and living in the UK and receives child benefit for his child or children living in Poland. The payment he receives will be lowered to match that “the standard of living and the level of child benefits applicable in that Member State.” A second proposal included will allow EU countries to limit in-work benefits to migrant workers to respond to an influx of migrant workers of an ‘exceptional magnitude.’
 
Here at Eurochild we work to make sure that children and young people are visible in decisions being made which affect their lives. We try to ensure that governments and other decision-makers consider what is in children and young people’s best interests; to ensure that there is a focus on supporting the needs of vulnerable groups of the population, and that children and young people are able to voice their opinions and to be heard in decisions affecting them.
 
If the UK votes to remain as part of the EU then the proposals will be taken forward. Eurochild members have highlighted concern that they may contradict efforts to improve social protection systems so that they better respond to the needs of children and families. At present there are approximately 28 million children living in poverty in the EU and over one in four children are at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Viewed through a children’s rights lens, child poverty is understood as a multi-dimensional phenomenon, encompassing not only income deprivation, but also other forms of deprivation and loss of dignity – lack of access to appropriate housing and living environment, education, health services, social services in the field of prevention and care, and a more general lack of opportunity in society. Combating child poverty is now part of a new global development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, which highlight that child poverty is a universal challenge that requires a response at the national, European and global level.
Some of our members have also highlighted that being part of the EU offers the opportunity to influence future decisions being made, to help ensure that children and young people can shape a more ‘social Europe.’
If the UK votes to leave the EU the proposals will not be taken forward. There is uncertainty on the processes and procedures which would take effect in the UK in this scenario, and whether the UK government might seek to take forward similar proposals on their own accord.
So, as the UK EU referendum looms, it is important to be aware of the arrangements agreed to by the European Council on a new settlement for the UK in the EU, so that we can be prepared for both eventualities.

By Emma Grindulis
Advocacy and Parliamentary Officer, Eurochild

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Football and the EU referendum – are we scoring an own goal if we leave?

Phillip Smith, Health and Wellbeing Lead for Leyton Orient Trust discusses what effect on the footballing world the in/out vote could have…

On the 23rd June the UK will decide whether to leave or remain in the EU and this vote could make waves across the footballing world. This may not be one of the most important topics coming out of the referendum but it very interesting to explore the possible effects. The footballing world spans far and wide and so I’ve decided to look into a few key areas that could be affected positively or negatively if we leave the EU.

How would it affect the players? – There are currently 332 EU national footballers playing in the top two English and Scottish professional leagues, undoubtedly the biggest effect on the beautiful game could be felt here as all of these 332 players would come under close scrutiny. At present, players with an EU passport are currently free to play in the UK. Those without must meet Home Office criteria with the most important being they are established internationals for their country. Analysis of the premier league shows that 100 premier league players would be affected based on the 2015-16 season squads with only 23 of the 180 current non British EU players playing in the championship being eligible to get work permits. This is the same situation for 63 non-British players in league one and 46 in league two. Leaving the EU could mean that these players would need to leave however realistically due to the legality and issues this will raise with clubs and player assets, it is more likely that if we left the EU, the government would revisit the criteria. In leaving it would actually give us the freedom to set up our own rules for players both inside and outside of the EU to join clubs allowing EU players to remain as well as clubs being able to tap into more African, South American and Asian talent too, something we cannot currently do due to EU regulations – a very interesting prospect but one that could further raise the argument in whether we give enough British talent the opportunity to break through. The final say on all work permit decisions and structure would be with the UK government and it is worth also noting that two other countries are currently not in the EU but are still able to deal in the EU transfer market – Norway and Switzerland.

How would it affect the fans? – There are many things to consider here but these would be mainly at the top of the game, it is likely that travel to European matches for British fans and indeed foreign fans & teams involved in the Champions League or Europa League could have issues with it being made harder and more expensive to travel – as we would technically no longer have ease of passage through EU borders. It is likely that this would not be effective immediately and would take a number of years to process. Once again, a look at Switzerland and Norway notes that it is possible and likely that the EU and UK government would agree some sort of compromise here. There is potential that leaving could impact the finances of some clubs sponsorship with investors from abroad which could have a knock on effect on some clubs, particularly those with foreign owners, it is very hard to predict this though. If this did happen though it would be interesting to see the ramifications it may have on some clubs, no doubt affecting the smaller league 1/league 2 clubs just as much as any larger clubs with the need for investment even more important at the lower levels.

What would be the impact on European Tournaments?
There shouldn’t be any impact here as these are run by FIFA and UEFA. There are a number of other non-EU countries that currently participate in these tournaments (Champions league, Europa league etc)

How could clubs be affected in their communities?
Football trusts, the charity arms of the football club do some amazing work in the communities, from working with health to community cohesion to national citizenship work, the variety of engagement they have is huge. This however does need to be funded and many utilize Erasmus funding to deliver projects. Britain has received over £1.5million in Erasmus funding over the past two years with universities and football clubs community arms in receipt of some of this money and leaving the EU could remove a large funding pot from availability.

As with many things being analyzed in the build up to the EU referendum, it is extremely hard to predict what will happen if we leave the EU. There will be a time of grace and the exit will not be an immediate one. One things for sure though, football is here to stay.

If you are not yet signed up to vote in the EU referendum, you can do here right now.

Phillip Smith

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Eurochild calls for children’s rights to be visible in the UK EU referendum

Eurochild calls for a child rights-based approach to be taken in the run-up to and after the UK EU referendum.

The UK referendum on 23rd June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain in or leave the EU is fast approaching. The date of the referendum was announced by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron on 20th February 2016, and since then has become a highly politicised debate with significant media attention and interest worldwide.

As a network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to promote the rights and well-being of children and young people, Eurochild calls for the following in the run-up to and after the referendum:

For children to be visible in discussions and decision-making

Eurochild calls for a child rights-based approach to be taken in the run-up to and after the UK EU referendum. In particular, as required by the General Principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

Keep reading on Eurochild website

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What does Brexit mean for Malta?

 

Britain and Malta have a pretty long history together, and have built up quite a friendship through the years. Over two hundred years, in fact, from the point where Malta voluntarily became part of the British Empire in 1800. Although the last British services left Malta in 1979, the two countries have kept strong ties, and learnt quite a bit from each other. Maltese people still drive on the left side of the road, enjoy a good cup of tea, speak English, and love the Queen (incidentally also the Queen of Malta until 1974). On the more serious note, there is also a lot of trade, services, and movement of people between Britain and Malta – both in business and in private life. The fact that both countries form part of the European Union means that Britain and Malta agreed to partner up, along with 26 other countries, to work together and pool their resources, so that life can ultimately be better and more peaceful for their citizens. This means that legally, the Maltese must treat the British like one of them, and vice versa, as though everybody belongs to the same country.

All of this also means that quite a few Maltese people are interested in what happens in Britain, and whether or not Britain decides to leave the European Union in a referendum taking place on the 23rd June. Britain exiting the EU (or ‘Brexit’), could make it much harder for people from both countries to work together, connect, and benefit from one another. A lot of EU agreements currently make this process of co-operation much easier. However, these would either no longer be in place, or would need to be renegotiated, if Britain votes out of the EU. This could be particularly tough for the Brits who want to live, work, use health services, study, or do business in Malta, and vice versa. And that’s quite a large number of people. The 2011 Maltese population census showed that 6,652 out of 20,289 non-Maltese residents in Malta (in a population of approx. 420,000) held a UK passport. This makes Brits the largest group of non-Maltese residents on the island. On the flip side, UK statistics (Office for National Statistics, Population by Country of Birth and Nationality Report: August 2015) show that approximately 27,000 people who were born in Malta lived in the UK in 2014. Brits living in Malta are unable to vote in the referendum. However, Maltese (along with Irish and Cypriot) citizens residing in the UK are the only EU citizens who are allowed to vote in this referendum, since they are also citizens of the Commonwealth.

It’s important to remember that the European Union came into existence many years ago, after the devastating effects of the Second World War. It was created so that neighbouring countries could unite, live peacefully, and avoid conflict. The rules and agreements of the EU have been created with this in mind. They try to make sure that EU citizens have their basic human rights met, so that all citizens have access to basic things like health care and education, and protection from harm, regardless of where they are in Europe. It’s a way for European countries to say “We’re in this together”. Some people feel that Britain will do a better job of looking after its citizens if they go it alone and make their own rules, while others disagree and think that Britain is stronger as part of Europe, since it has received a lot of benefits from co-operating with other EU countries.

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What would Brexit mean for everyday life in the UK?

Much of the early debate in the EU referendum campaign has revolved around economics. And while no one can know precisely the impact of leaving the EU, it would be likely to have huge repercussions on many other aspects of UK life. This article explores some possible outcomes:

http://www.theindependentbd.com/printversion/details/44690

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Can my Italian friends vote in the EU referendum?

It is interesting to note that not everybody living in the UK will be able to vote in the European Union (EU) referendum on the 23th June 2016.
European citizens living in the UK, have pretty much the same rights as British citizens when it comes to working, studying, owning a house, etc. If you are from a country that is a member of the EU for example, you can attend universities in the UK and enjoy the same educational benefits as any British born citizen.
However, EU citizens living in the UK have different voting rights compared to British citizens. According to the Electoral Commission UK: “Citizens of EU countries other than the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta cannot vote in UK Parliamentary general elections.” So for instance, if you are an Italian citizen working or studying in the UK, you will not be able to vote in the EU referendum.
I have some Italian friends living and studying in the UK but they may not be able to vote in the EU referendum. This does not seem right to me because decisions that are made as a result of the referendum will affect them just as much as they will affect me.
The Electoral Commission UK also said that, EU citizens can vote in “European Parliamentary elections if they fill in a form stating that they wish to vote in the UK and not in their home country.” Basically, this means that if my Italian friends would like to vote in something similar to general elections, then they would have to give up their voting rights in Italy.

I asked my friends if they would be happy about giving up their rights to vote in Italy in order to vote in the EU referendum.

This is my friend Joana, she moved to the UK from Italy at the age of 16. Joana is a Marketing and Management student at the University of Leicester. Joana is still an

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Italian national because she has an Italian passport. However, she has been living in the UK for over 6 years now which gives her residency right to vote in general elections only if she chooses to give up her voting rights in Italy or naturalize to become a British. Nonetheless, I always encourage her to vote in local elections since she has the right to do so as an EU citizen.

“They sent me a form that I had to fill out, which said that if I sign it then I will be able to vote here and not in Italy and I signed it because I live here now so I think it’s important that I vote even though I’m an Italian national and I want my opinions to be heard where I’m actually being affected which is in the UK.”

Joana also said she will be voting in the upcoming EU referendum:

“I will be voting for the UK to stay in the EU because obviously there are opportunities here for me but if the UK leaves I will need to move somewhere else to find other opportunities.”

This is my other friend Katney. She is from Italy and she is studying Accounting and Finance at De Monforte

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University. Kateny unlike Joana, seems more relaxed about being able to vote in the UK.

“I don’t really mind not being able to vote in the UK because I’m not British.”

I also asked Katney if she would vote to leave or remain in the UK if she was given the opportunity:

“I would vote for the UK to stay in the EU because it’s the rights thing to do.”

I think EU citizens living in the UK should be able to vote in the EU referendum purely because they live here which means every political decision made will affect them just as much as they will affect British citizens. However, I do acknowledge the fact that they do not really hold citizenship rights the way that we do. To be honest, I do not think if I went to Italy to study I would get the right to contribute in national decisions. At the same time, I just feel like something as big and important as the EU referendum, every single person living in the UK, at the appropriate voting age should be educated on the advantages and disadvantages of the EU referendum (so if we leave or stay in the EU, how will it benefit different people in Britain).
What are your thoughts on EU citizens being able to vote in the EU referendum?

More information on who is eligible to vote in the UK can be found on the Electoral Commission UK website: www.electoralcommission.org.uk
Register to vote in the EU referendum at: https://meandeurope.com/

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BREXIT will mean the second economic recession for Britain

BREXIT will mean the second economic recession for Britain

According to George Osborne, a British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Brexit would mean an immediate economic recession for Britain and this recession would cause the loss of 800 000 jobs all around the UK. George Osborne said that:

“It’s only been eight years since Britain entered the deepest recession since our country had seen since the Second World War.

“Every part of country suffered and the British people have worked so hard to get our country back on track. Do we want to throw it all away? Can we knowingly vote for a recession? Does Britain really want this DIY recession?”

This statement is important and crucial for young people in the UK. The UK cannot afford to enter the second economic recession as even now young people face serious obstacles and barriers to find employment and climb up the social and economic ladder. Young people are the most vulnerable part of society when it comes to the economy and employment. The recession that has started back in 2008 and is just slowly going away. This recession has left many young graduates without employment or under employed in the cycle of dead-end jobs or internships, which just rarely result in permanent job. The young people who did not attend universities have extreme difficulties to find a job and too often end up to be long-term unemployed, which hinder their chances for stable and productive future.

The second recession, which will follow if the UK separates from the rest of the EU would mean that young people’s opportunity for a bright future will become even more distant and the living standards in the UK will fall dramatically.

Thus, if you care about your future and your children’s future, register and vote to stay IN on the 23rd of June.

 

 

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BBC Generation 2016: Young voters step up to election debate

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 12.13.40The BBC’s Generation projects are designed to ensure the voices of younger people are heard in BBC programmes and content around elections and political events. The following shares some of thoughts of the young people who took part in this initiative:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35799469

 

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Black British Youth: are we in or out?

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from left to right: Akua, Goldust and Anabel (WE ARE ALL VOTING!)

Being Black and young and living in the UK can sometimes be challenging because we are underrepresented in many areas of social life; especially in politics. So far as I know, being black and having an interest in politics is rare in the UK.

However, there are a few people like myself with lots of interest in UK politics and how it affects our lives. I’ve always wondered why my friends (all my friends are black or from minority ethnic groups) do not take any interests in the decisions the UK government make about their lives.

“It’s because I never really know what’s going on, because I don’t even know where to go to find out about politics and stuff like that.”

This is often the response I get from my friends, especially my black female friends. To an extent, this is true because there is a lack of youth involvement in politics due to information not being readily available and accessible to them. Also, most of the time, political information is not easy to understand because they are written in coded language that only Conservative and Labour MPs can understand.

However, I really believe that it is important for Black British youth to be involved in the EU referendum. As young black people, we need to consider our membership in the EU. For example, will our membership improve racial inequalities? Specifically, does the EU acknowledge the differences between black youth all over Europe or should we be treated the same?

I know that as a Black woman about to finish University, I think about career prospects in other parts of Europe. For instance, I always think that I can just move to Germany or Switzerland and work. I never worry about not being able to achieve this goal because I feel that being British has given me the opportunity to have global citizenship (well that’s what I think having a British passport equates).

But, with the EU referendum drawing closer and closer (38 DAYS TO GO!), will our decisions to vote in or out affect our future career prospects?

I would really like to know how black people intend to vote in the EU referendum. More information on the referendum can be found at: https://meandeurope.com/

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How do our friends feel about the whole thing?

The following article provides some information  into the world view on Brexit:

Now that the EU Referendum is less than 100 days away, the media is really cranking up the pressure with lots of articles covering every aspect of the referendum. From Brexit allegedly making Easter Eggs cheaper, to Brexit campaigners employing EU migrants to man their call centres, clearly even the most ridiculous stories have become publishable. With all the testimonies and people coming out on one side or another, we are getting a good idea of who is on which ‘side’. Putting the mainstream politicians aside and looking instead at the UK’s friends on the world stage, one message is ringing loud and clear: everyone we value wants us to stay in the European Union.

Stating the obvious:

It goes without saying that both other European citizens and the European Union itself want us to stay. The UK brings a liberal and individualist perspective to discussions within the EU institutions; it is in a good position to drive forward European foreign policy and can share best practices on many issues from combating terrorism to higher education. The EU on the other hand will continue to benefit the UK in many, many ways, but that isn’t the purpose of this piece.

The individual member states of the European Union want the UK to stay too. During Cameron’s renegotiation he was generally met with sympathy by the other 27 countries, chief among whom was Germany, with Merkel trying incredibly hard to accommodate the UK’s demands. Even countries set to lose out on Cameron’s renegotiation, such as Poland which has a large expat community in the UK set to encounter greater difficulties in accessing benefits, were sympathetic and offered their support.

The European Union 28 embodies many of our closest friends, allies, trade partners, and holiday destinations. The fact that they want us should mean something.

In terms of trade:

British governments have long been banging the drum for greater British trade in goods and services in the world’s largest markets. Despite being a former British colony, India has greater percentages of exports and imports with Germany than it does with the UK, with the same being true for trade with China. Germany is at the heart of the EU economy and thus membership is clearly not what is holding back our relationships with all of these countries, as Eurosceptics claim. In fact, India (and its businesses), China, and Japan have all expressed their preference that the UK remain in the Union. This is all the more relevant in the case of Japan whose large car manufacturers set up shop in the UK to gain access to the EU’s single market and a high-skilled workforce. Thus it is no surprise to see Japanese car firms – important UK employers – asking us to stay in the EU. If we want to build strong relationships with a rising Asia, then EU membership would help with this.

What about the Empire?

There is a strong Eurosceptic strain of thought which argues that once the UK has freed itself from the EU’s shackles, it can deepen relationships with its friends in the Commonwealth. Tory MEP Dan Hannan is a key proponent of the ‘Friends of the Anglosphere’ concept. Ignoring the fact that this pipedream includes Australia, Canada, and New Zealand but is conspicuously absent of the many non-white countries that are in the Commonwealth, this simply not something that these countries want. Some British newspapers may support an alternative area of free movement between countries on opposite sides of the world, but our friends in Australia, Canada and New Zealand have made it clear that they support a united Europe. The idea that the UK has to choose between one block of friends and another is misleading. In the 43 years since the UK joined the European Union it has not ceased to send migrants and tourists over to the former colonies, nor has EU membership stopped us from hearing disproportionately about what happens to our cousins down under (e.g. the Daily Mail and the Guardian both cover Australian news) or coverage of Canadian elections. The EU has in no way cut back our network of friends, it has only enhanced it.

The world stage:

It makes many a UKIP voter sad that the British don’t physically control one quarter of the world’s landmass any longer, but the UK’s influence on the world stage has not fallen, and EU membership has not held it back as many Eurosceptics would claim. As the rest of the world begins to develop in its own right, particularly in Asia, the European Union serves as a megaphone for British interests abroad. The UK also retains disproportionate influence in international organisations. For example, it still has one of five permanent votes on the UN Security Council and is a member of the G7 (G8 if Russia is behaving well). Importantly, both the US and NATO, who have a huge impact in shaping British foreign policy, have said that the UK should remain in the European Union. Do we really want to not be on the same team as Obama?

On the other side:

On the other side of the debate, we essentially have the small-time fascists of the world. Think of Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage, or Donald Trump, or human effluvia like

Katie Hopkins. All of whom represent ideas on the far-right of Western politics that the average citizen would not want to be associated with. Additionally, it has been claimed by some that leaving the European Union would play into the hands of awful groups like ISIS, or players on the world stage that seek to disrupt the world order we helped create, such as Putin’s Russia.

Many things should be taken into consideration when voting on referendum day. I’d like to suggest that we think about what Britain’s nearest and dearest want, and what the people who hate our country and our values want.

By Chris Powers MA Student & Ex International Officer & Secretary Young European Movement UK

 

Big Business and Brexit

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/rupert-murdoch-tweets-congratulations-to-michael-gove-after-reports-the-mp-will-back-eu-exit-a6886081.html

This article talks about how Mr. Murdoch, the owner of the biggest media empire in the world, congratulated to Michael Gove on his decision to back Brexit. This move might make many people think that a lot of powerful business people want to see Britain separate from the EU as it would give them more power during negotiations with policymakers.They could influence the regulations and policies in the UK the way that is more convenient for their interests much easier as they would have to negotiate only with British politicians and not all the EU representatives. That could potentially have a negative impact on the policies like employees benefits and employees protection.

Don’t blame young voters for not bothering about the EU Referendum:

This article has been published on The Conversation:

Never before have so many had to decide on something they knew or cared so little about.

The “London bubble” is obsessing about the EU referendum on June 23. The parts of Twitter I see are hyperventilating with excitement over designation, debates, purdah, net costs and benefits, and the like. But the majority of the country could not give a fig.

This matters. It matters because the decision is an important one. And it matters because young people in particular, who have more at stake than anyone else, have the least interest in, and least knowledge about, the EU.

Short attention spans

On one level, this is normal. Let’s face it, as Peter Foster of The Telegraph pointed out some weeks ago, even when it comes to events that political aficionados think are capturing public attention, the reality is that long periods of profound uninterest are punctuated by very short spikes of attention. Using Google searches as a proxy to capture “interest”, his findings are depressing to all those who feel “the people” should be interested in politics.

Interest in the 2015 general election matched that in football for a couple of weeks before polling day but quickly dropped below searches for The X Factor – which was not even airing at the time. And even when it came to the Scottish referendum, held up by commentators as emblematic of the way popular enthusiasm can be aroused by politics, much the same occurred. Even during the week of September 14, as Foster showed, interest in football far outstripped (by a factor of two to one) that in the Scottish vote across the UK. Within a week, the Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing had reasserted themselves as the main focus of public attention.

Insofar as people care about politics at all, they only seem to do so for very short periods of time. This should give pause for thought for those of us already starting to tire of a campaign that has only just officially started.

To read more click the following link:https://theconversation.com/dont-blame-young-voters-for-not-bothering-about-the-eu-referendum-58238

 

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Facts behind the claims: imported laws

“Between 1993 and 2014, 64.7 per cent of UK laws can be deemed to be EU – influenced. EU regulations accounted for 59.3 per cent of all UK law. UK laws implementing EU directives accounted for 5.4 per cent” (Leave)

“The independent House of Commons library found that the real proportion is just 13.2% of our laws” (Remain)

http://ukandeu.ac.uk/facts-behind-the-claims-imported-laws/

 

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UK benefits from European migrants

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/05/eu-migrants-uk-gains-20bn-ucl-study

The research, me and my colleagues had done indicates that migration to the UK from other European countries is beneficial for the UK in many ways. The most debated part of the migration from the EU to the UK is the economic benefit of these migrants for the UK. Well, according to most studies European migrants are not a drain on Britains finances. They pay out far more in taxes than they receive in state benefits and are less likely to live in social housing. European migrants also tend to be more educated and are much more likely to start businesses  than British nationals.

European migrants also make Britain more diverse, open-minded, accepting and attractive place. Overall, the UK benefits from European migration economically and socially and thus leaving the EU will have very negative impact on both, British economy and society.