Nic Dakin MP

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Jessica's Blog: The European Union

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My name is Jessica and I’m currently on a work placement in Nic Dakin’s office. Today I choose to research the European Union due to the referendum soon approaching.

Despite my age meaning I am unable to vote in the upcoming referendum, the outcome is a matter that will affect myself and the rest of the country vastly, dependant on the outcome. Due to this, I have been researching various factors and have written up some information and my own opinions on various factors. I vastly believe that as a whole the United Kingdom is better remaining a member of the European Union.

Member states of the European Union are currently covered by the European Warrant Act. This means that if a suspected criminal or terrorist flees the country to a different member state, they can still be arrested and deported back to the original country for trial. For example murderers and rapists leaving the United Kingdom to avoid arrest can still be arrested in another member state. This is very important for our justice system and is something we should not be without. Yet if we were to leave, we would lose this. Being a member state of the European Union also means that the United Kingdom police are able to access fingerprint and DNA information as well as using intelligence from the other member states.

The cost of a family taking a holiday abroad can be extremely high. In the European Union, there is a common aviation area which allows European airlines to fly anywhere within this area. If the United Kingdom were to leave the European Union, a restrictive aviation agreements would have to be formed which will increase the cost of airplane flight from the cheaper companies such as EasyJet. This increase is not one that most families can afford.

Costs of using your phone in another country are vast and can soon add up to sky high rates. However, the European Union are abolishing phone roaming charges. This means if someone vacations in another member state, there will be no excess charges. They are charged what they would be in their own country. This means costs on holidays can be minimised and can even make holidays more affordable. If we were to leave the European Union, this would not be the case for Britain.

The United Kingdom receives financial benefits from the European Union. In the next few years, the fishing sector and coastal communities will receive funding from the European Union- approximately £190 million. In Wales alone, the agriculture sector and farmers will receive funding from the European Union. Between 2014-2020, Wales will receive approximately £2 billion for agriculture alone. Britain also receives an average of £24 billion a year investment from other member states- that works out at around £66 million a day. Most people, when researching the EU, don’t take this into account. Instead they focus on the membership fee to be a member state.

In the United Kingdom, there are over three million jobs that are linked to trade with the European Union. On top of this, workers are given vital protections from the European Union, including holiday pay, and maternity/paternity pay. Vast amounts of British exports for goods and services go to European Countries. For example, London alone exported £12.7 billion of goods to the European Union in 2015 alone- that is only for London. 

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