Referendum Watch: Remain

By Matthew Raisbeck - Reporter

The European Union acts on a global scale; something that The United Kingdom alone would struggle with. Not only has The EU taken on multinational giants like Microsoft, Samsung and Toshiba for unfair competition, but we’ve spent decades spreading our British values within the European Union securing workers’ rights and human rights, that still benefit from today.

What can be immensely frustrating about the Leave campaign is that we’re told anything outside of the United Kingdom is deemed ‘un-British’, and not worth our time or attention. In reality, we have contributed to the European Union for nearly fifty years and remain one of its most prominent voices: in 2015 British representation within the European Union was pivotal in securing legislation to protect the environment and wildlife.

A prime example how an isolationist approach to politics would be immensely detrimental to the British people is the North Sea: 94% of birds’ stomachs contain plastic – the EU has passed legislation to drastically reduce the production and spread of these products. The North Sea doesn’t belong to one country – doesn’t it make sense to deal with this as a continent?

As one of the first generations to live with a wealth of free education and the internet at our finger tips, it seems ridiculous to me that anyone who would consider themselves well-informed would vote to leave the EU. After the economic crisis Germany remains one of the strongest economies in the world and I firmly believe that is because of it’s place within the Union. The United Kingdom could very well survive outside of it but what do we really want to achieve here – just survival? Why would you want to merely survive when you could vote Remain and continue to thrive? Thriving for the environment. Thriving for the economy. Thriving for ordinary, working people.

If you want to see a thriving UK, the choice is simple: vote Remain tomorrow.

About Joe Young 316 Articles
Joe Young has been involved with student media for a very long time now, holding posts within The Pulse, and Pulse Radio, as well as the predecessor of The Pulse, Pluto. He is currently Politics Editor of The Pulse, and Head of News of Pulse Radio. In 2016, he won the Media Award for Best Article for his coverage of the Fishergate Shopping Centre bomb scare.

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