The EU isn't perfect; but the downsides of membership have been greatly exaggeratedby Nicola Horlick / April 5, 2016 / Leave a comment
I was fourteen when the last referendum on Europe took place and so I was too young to vote. However, my father was the Chair of the “Keep Britain In Europe” campaign for the northwest and so I spent several weeks running around Cheshire sticking leaflets through doors and attending rallies. This time around, the Remain campaign has not really managed to get the key pro-EU messages across. This is extremely worrying.
Those who favour Brexit have a very clear message: too many people are coming to this country from the EU and using our services, and the fact we are partially ruled by Brussels means we have lost our sovereignty. When asked about how we will deal with the trade issues that will arise if we leave, their answers do not make sense. If we left the EU, we would put our economy in great danger.
Let’s start with the assertion by Leavers that too many EU migrants have flooded into Britain and are putting strain on our services. It is estimated that 2.3 million EU citizens currently reside in the UK, but there are 1.8 million British citizens living in other EU countries and 400,000 more that own a second home in an EU country. I am on the board of an NHS trust and was in an A&E department a few days ago. The department was under huge pressure, but all of those waiting were British. In addition, many of the people caring for our patients as healthcare assistants, cleaners and cooks are from the EU and the NHS would not be able to function without them. And those who support Brexit don’t seem to have thought about what will happen to British citizens living in other EU countries in the event of Brexit.