By: Beroe Inc. --
13 June, 2016
British citizens will vote on June 23 to decide whether the UK should stay a member of the European Union. Let’s examine some of the arguments made by both “Stay in Europe” and “Leave Europe” campaigns.
Arguments for Staying in European Union (EU)
-- Nearly 3 million UK jobs linked to trade with the EU – staying in EU means preserving jobs.
-- 200,000 or more UK businesses trade with the EU.
-- The UK gets 66 million pounds of investment a day from EU countries.
-- An organization called as Open Europe (http://openeurope.org.uk/) predicts that 8 industries in goods and services sector – Automobiles, Chemicals, Aerospace, Machinery, Food, Beverage and Tobacco, BFSI and Professional Services – faces medium to high risk of disruption in case Britain votes to leave the EU.
-- New tariffs and regulations would kick in if the “Leave” vote materializes.
Arguments for Leaving the European Union (EU)
-- Immigration: UK cannot control immigration from EU countries until it leaves the bloc.
-- The EU is holding back UK’s focus on emerging markets. Leaving the EU would allow country to negotiate trade deals with different countries.
-- British companies would be freed from the burden of EU regulation.
-- There are no real dangers of job losses if Britain opts to leave the EU as the country can establish closer trade links with China and India.
-- London will continue to remain a major financial center – thanks to lower taxes – even after leaving the EU. There is no real danger of banks shifting base.
Source: BBC, The Telegraph, Britain Stronger In Europe and Open Europe