Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

Labour In for Britain

Britain is better off in Europe. It is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off too. That’s why I'm proud that Labour is campaigning for Britain to stay in Europe.
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It was the Labour Party that made sure that Britain’s EU membership gave British workers’ rights to minimum paid leave, rights for agency workers, paid maternity and paternity leave, equal pay, anti-discrimination laws, and protection for the workforce when companies change ownership. And it was Labour in partnership with trade unions that made sure Cameron’s attempt to diminish workers’ rights was kept off the agenda for his EU negotiations!

Britain’s EU membership makes us a major player in world trade – as an EU member, we’re part of a market with 500 million consumers which other countries want to do business with. The UK is stronger negotiating deals with countries like China and the USA as part of the EU group of 28 nations than we would be on our own.

Many of the problems we are facing today also affect other countries too. Climate change, terrorism, and cross-border crime are not unique to Britain. We are better off working together with our neighbours to solve these problems rather than pulling out of the EU and weakening our country.

Some key statistics:
  • Britain is a proud trading nation with almost half of our exports going to EU countries– worth £227 billion last year to the UK economy. We receive on average £26.5 billion of investment every year from other EU countries. UK jobs and businesses large and small are dependent on trade with Europe.

  • Future EU trade could create 790,000 more jobs by 2030 by opening up markets in digital services, energy and tourism.

  • Large companies from all over the world – not just from inside the EU – choose to build their offices and factories in the UK and recruit staff here because we are a gateway to the European single market.

  • Being in the EU means the average family saves around £450 a year due to lower prices, achieved through the strength we derive from being part of the biggest consumer market in the world.

  • Our EU membership has given vital rights to British workers. The EU's rules protect British consumers, British workers and the environment.

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commented 2016-03-21 14:46:59 +0000
Hi Ian

Thanks for this. I think you are right that both sides of the argument need to explain more clearly what remain and leave will look like. At least with remain we know what the situation is now. Any change is likely to have an element of risk in it but you are right there ought to be ways of negotiating similar relationships with Europe to those we have now. Your comments about Interpol are spot on. However if you consider the European Arrest Warrant in place across the EU that has allowed us to arrest paedophiles on the run and some on the terrorists involved in 7/7 more easily than it would have been prior to being in place. I suspect what will happen in relation to these sort of things if we leave is that we will be able to negotiate access to such deals but it will be very much on the basis of signing up (or not) to something already agreed by the EU. Whereas if we stay in we will be able to continue to influence from inside future policy in these and other areas.

Thank you for responding. The points you make are very helpful to the debate.

Best wishes

Nic
commented 2016-03-16 16:08:09 +0000
I’m leaning towards the “Out” campaign and until the “In” people actually start to explain in detail the benefits instead of generalisations designed around this “Project Fear” game plan. I can’t see me changing my views.

Let’s look at “Terrorism, and cross-border crime”. “Project Fear” puts forward the scenario that if we leave the EU the UK we won’t be able to stop the terrorists entering the country and we’ll lose the benefit of EU arrest warrants. Am I the only one old enough to have heard of INTERPOL? It has it’s roots as far back as 1923 as the way in which countries could work together against international crime. Are we leaving INTERPOL when we leave the EU?
We have hundreds if not thousands of non-UK citizens in our prisons and convicted of many serious crimes such as rape and murder in their own countries who are enjoying the freedom of the UK that we can’t deport due to EU Human Rights and the freedom of movement requirements of membership.

The UK has had strong links with EU countries for many years, well before the EU was thought of. We have many links with many countries outside of the EU, in Asia, the far east, USA, etc. If we leave the EU will the French, German, Spanish police and anti-terrorism community stop talking to us and passing information?
Will we stop talking to them?
Are they going to put us on the “naughty step” for leaving?

So come on, tell us what will happen regarding Terrorism, and cross-border crime to the detriment of the UK if we leave!

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