BRISTOL: Future without the EU is ‘ftr’, and that’s nothing

After plenty of discussion about the impact of leaving the EU, it appears that a greater sum of individuals are for staying with the EU and maintaining our relationship with our European neighbours.

Karin Smyth, a local MP in Bristol is one of those people, and feels strongly about Britain resuming is position in the EU. Karin Smyth spoke about her experience of visiting European countries once the Union had been struck: “I marvelled at how countries that had been torn apart by war had now chosen to work together hand in hand.

“Europe felt then instinctively a good place to be. For me, it still does.”

Rather than looking at what would change for Britain if we remained with the EU, it is more telling to look at what we would be without and what would be affected with the lack of support of Europe.

“Jobs and businesses of all sizes depend on trade with Europe. Almost half our exports go to other EU countries, worth £227 billion last year to our economy, and we bring £26.5 billion of investment on average every year from other EU countries.”

Plenty of businesses would be out of pocket if Britain was to leave the EU, as some of the produce that companies are selling bring in their income by trading with European countries. Trade deals that have already been struck would be ceased, and it would also affect the imports that the UK has that provide the means for businesses to create their products, such as grapes for wine. All in all, although there would be less business regulations, there would be even less business.

“Future EU trade could create 790,000 more jobs by 2030 by opening up markets in digital services, energy and tourism.”

Individuals who are out of work will miss out on future opportunities to establish a career, as there will be less opportunity for tourism within the UK and the EU, so the job roles such as tourist guides and such will not be required any more. Although jobs will be gained by people forced to leave in the UK who do not have the correct visas to stay and work, there will not be as many new or available job roles to the unemployed.

Karin Smyth also regarded the fact that the “close collaboration with other European countries to combat crime and terrorism”: it is an important factor in leaving the EU. It may appear as the best decision to make for Britain to be independent, but this independence could make the UK even more vulnerable to terrorist attacks without the support of the EU. Britain will lose out on money, safety and allies who are prepared to back Britain as a united front.

Libby Beacham

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