Last week I visited North Lindsey College to put forward the case why we are Stronger In the EU than out.
My reasons for voting to REMAIN in the EU are partly for idealistic reasons, the EU has helped deliver the peace and freedom that we have all enjoyed for the last 40 years.
There are also practical reasons: we are interconnected with the countries of Europe and things like the European Health Insurance Card make it cheaper and safer to travel in the EU so why put that at risk?
And I want to stay in the EU for selfish reasons – common sense says that in renegotiating our relationship with the EU we won’t get a better deal than the members of the club we are leaving. If we want to enjoy the benefits of the single market we will surely have a deal similar to that of Norway or Switzerland who continue to pay into the club and continue to accept free movement of people aren’t able to shape the rules of the club. That will be bad for Britain and bad for the EU.
Following the event, one of the students said: "I thought both candidates put their cases forward really very well and informatively. It was so nice to see a discussion on the subject that was civilised, respectful and agreeable instead of having to listen to cheap digs and point-scoring against the other side, as is usually the case when these things are staged. It really elevated the discussion and it was so good to see politicians tackling the issue in a way that avoided panic-mongering".
Over this campaigning period I have tried to put my case across politely but firmly. Of course the world won't end on June 24th if we leave the EU but it's not worth taking the risk. I'm not the only one saying this, the list of companies making it clear that REMAIN is best for them is huge and includes the likes of Siemens, Hitachi, Airbus and Glaxo. Big names who are interested in their business being successful. And if their businesses are successful it’s not just good for the people who work for them but also for the companies in their supply chain and the people who work for them.
The benefits of the EU are clear to the UK, and the EU is what we know and are familiar with. We need to be Great Britain helping to shape the world not Little England looking in on ourselves.
Tomorrow, June 14th, from 19:00 onward I will be answering any questions you have about the EU and why I think it's so important we vote to REMAIN. If you have any questions, join in on my Facebook or Twitter page.