What now after Brexit?
28 Jul 2016
Britain decided to end its long-term relationship with continental Europe on June 23. There were arguments for staying and equally as many for leaving. The Prime Minister Theresa May has already commenced negotiations by visiting several country leaders to discuss EU reform for the next two years.
So what’s next for Britain?
10 reasons to have close ties with the EU:
One in 10 jobs in Britain is linked to EU membership, which is 3.5 million in total.
Companies can enjoy tax-free trade within the union.
EU is an important ally for security by working together on counter-terrorism and exchanging criminal records
The UK can attract the most gifted candidates and students from across Europe, thanks to free movement of people
It’s great for exports with the EU buying more than half of all UK exports while American and Asian firms invest in Britain because it is in the single market.
Governments have improved the quality of air, rivers and beaches thanks to commonly-agreed EU standards
About 1.4 million British people live in other EU countries while more than 14,500 students took part in the EU Erasmus scheme to study abroad as part of their degree. So the EU allows the freedom to work, study and live abroad.
Equal pay for men and women as well as bans on discrimination because of age, race or sexual orientation are enshrined in EU law.
As the world’s biggest markets with 28 democracies, we are stronger together.
UK driving licences are valid in all EU countries.
10 reasons why Brexit was a ‘yes’ vote:
Membership costs €16.6 billion a year, which is about one-tenth of the NHS budget and enough to reduce the basic rate of income tax by 3p in the Pound.
The UK can take control of national sovereignty and have the right to govern itself without EU interference.
The EU has introduced more than 3,500 laws since 2010 affecting British businesses which is costing them €15.7 billion in meeting extra regulations.
When the UK joined in 1973, they had 20 per cent of the votes but today only has 9.5 per cent, so its influence is diminishing.
The EU will become less importance as a trading body as other countries in the world continue to grow in importance, such as in Asia or Latin America.
Britain can have more influence on immigration and on who to allow in.
Make Britain great again by negotiating its own deals, putting UK companies first and having the best interests of its people at heart.
The EU is undemocratic with the unelected European Commission proposing all legislation and has the power to issue regulations which member states have to abide by.
Freedom to make stronger trade deals with the Commonwealth such as Australia and Canada.
Prices could go down because the EU sets quotas by giving handouts to farmers and restricting where fishing boats can trawl. This leads to the EU paying more for these things compared to world markets.