In or Out? The UK’s future in the EU - Hear Both Sides
In - Damian Green MP, Chairman, Conservative European Mainstream Group
I believe Britain is stronger, safer and better off in the EU than we would be on our own.
Leaving Europe would risk our prosperity, threaten our safety in an increasingly dangerous world, and diminish our influence, especially with the new powers emerging in the world.
The benefits of being in clearly outweigh the costs, and the risks of pulling out from a group of friendly neighbouring democracies are potentially huge.
Europe needs reform badly but staying in gives us the best of both worlds; membership of the world’s largest economic bloc, and the freedom to trade everywhere.
Out - Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive, Vote Leave
The impact on the economy will be a central focus of the referendum debate. I believe that businesses - from manufacturers to financial services - will thrive outside the EU.
The UK has no control over trade negotiations with countries outside the European Union. The EU has spent years trying to complete trade discussions with India and the US. Meanwhile, Switzerland and Iceland - who are outside the EU - have signed free trade agreements with China.
UK firms which don’t export still have to comply with reams of regulation from Brussels. Only 5% of UK businesses export to the EU, yet 100% have to adhere to burdensome rules which drive up costs and reduce productivity.
If we leave the EU, we can take back control of our trade agreements and negotiate terms that suit the needs of British business. Our politicians will become more accountable and can formulate policies which support business, enterprise and entrepreneurship.