A referendum is being held today, to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union (EU). A referendum is basically a vote in which nearly everyone of voting age can take part. Whichever side gets more than half of all votes cast is considered to have won. Politicians made there last pitches for votes yesterday as this was the last day of campaigning before the EU referendum.
Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hold one if he won the 2015 general election, in response to growing calls from his own Conservative MPs and the UK Independence Party (UKIP), who argued that Britain had not had a say since 1975, when it voted to stay in the EU in a referendum. The EU has changed a lot since then, gaining more control over our daily lives, they argued. Mr Cameron said: “It is time for the British people to have their say. It is time to settle this European question in British politics.”
David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn are arguing that the UK will be better off and safer with a Remain vote in tomorrows poll. The likes of Borris Johnson are appealing to their own Leave supporters, with the ex-London mayor urging people to believe in our country.
The European Union known as the EU is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. It began to foster economic co-operation believing that countries which trade together are more likely to avoid going to war against each other. This has now grown and become a single market, meaning that goods and people can move around a lot easier. So the referendum question is “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”
Points why we should leave:
- It is said that the EU costs us £350 million a week. Many people believe that by leaving the EU we can spend this more on more important things such as the NHS. This means that there would be enough money to build a new NHS hospital every week of the year here. We currently have no control over how this most of this money is spent, it is decided by politicians and officials in Brussels rather than the people we elect here.
- You don’t have to be a member of the EU to trade with it. An example would be Switzerland, they are not in the EU and they export more per person to the EU that we do.
Points why we should stay:
- As 28 democracies, and as the world’s biggest market, we are strong when we work together. Britain is represented in many international organisations in joint EU delegations- giving Britain more influence than it would alone. The EU has played a big part in development and world trade.
- Over 3 million jobs are linked to British membership of the European Union’s single market. So this means 1 in 10 British jobs may be affected.
Educate yourselves, don’t just vote. Know what your voting for and stand by that.
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