May 25, 2016
In the run-up to the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, I have been asked by many people for my thoughts on the matter. I have written numerous articles over the past few months on this important subject and I believe that it would be beneficial if I were to set them out below.
Whilst the European Union is undoubtedly an institution with flaws which is in need of reform, it is my belief that we are better off within it. National sovereignty and immigration are important aspects of the debate and I appreciate that for some people the Prime Minister’s achievements in obtaining the potential to introduce a minimum time limit on migrants’ ability to claim benefit, along with greater powers to veto legislation, will not be enough.
However, what is often overlooked is the importance of the EU in relation to the UK’s standing in the world. In terms of global influence Britain benefits from having a seat at the table in the Union and leaving it would undermine our national security. In addition, our unhindered access to the largest single-market in the world increases jobs, competition and economic security that, in my opinion, we cannot afford to lose. Nevertheless, I feel it is important that the British people are able to have their say on the UK’s membership of the European Union for the first time since 1975.