Here are just a few of the key benefits the UK gets from being a member of the EU.
Being a member amplifies Britain’s voice and influence on the world stage. The UK makes up a mere 0.88% of the world’s population while the EU makes up 12%. The EU has the largest economy in the world, generating a GDP bigger than any other union or country.
Peace and Prosperity
The EU was founded in the wake of WW2 to bring about peace through prosperity and cooperation. In 2012 it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights. These values are as relevant today as they were when Britain joined in 1973.
Pollution and the effects of climate change don’t stop at the border. Neither should our fight to protect the environment. Protections agreed at an EU level benefit all member states, as well as putting more pressure on the rest of the world to improve their environmental standards.
Defence and Security
Close cooperation between EU member states can save lives. Intelligence-sharing, fast-track extradition of offenders and pooling of military resources are some of the key benefits. EU nations have 5.4 million active or reserve forces – more than the USA and second only to China.
EU membership grants UK citizens the opportunity to study, work, travel and retire abroad with the same rights and protections we have at home. Without this freedom of movement, travel would be more difficult and more expensive, which would also limit UK tourism.
Brits living abroad in the EU
Research and Trade
Trade in goods, services and knowledge is vital to UK innovation and prosperity. Access to the EU’s over 500 million consumers accounts for 52% of UK trade. The EU is the world’s largest combined research effort with a budget of almost €80 billion for the next 5 years.
UK jobs linked to the EU