Jobs & opportunities
Being able to trade freely across the EU helps UK businesses grow and create jobs, giving you and your family more opportunities & more financial security.
- Over 3 million UK jobs are linked to our trade with the EU: one in every ten jobs in this country (Source: HM Treasury). Being in the EU will create 790,000 more UK jobs by 2030 (Source: Centre for Economic and Business Research), creating more opportunities for you and your family.
- In the EU you can find work, holiday and retire without visas, and study abroad on the Erasmus programme, offering you and your family even more ways to get on in life.
- If we leave the EU experts predict that the economic hit would mean up to 950,000 UK jobs could be lost (Source: Confederation of British Industry), meaning less security for you and your family.
- The Trades Union Congress says the average wage would fall by £38 a week if we left Europe (Source: Trades Union Congress), hitting your family finances.
Prices & family finances
Being in the EU means cheaper prices on food and fuel for you and your family, giving you more money to put aside for a deposit on a home, starting a family or even a holiday.
- Being in the EU means you pay less for your weekly food shop, but also petrol, energy bills, flights and mobile roaming charges (Source: The Treasury).
- It's estimated that saves your family £350 a year through lower prices (Source: London School of Economics), meaning more money in your pocket and more security for your family.
Being in Europe boosts our economy which is why 9 out of 10 economic experts predict economic damage if we left.
- The Governor of the Bank of England says Brexit would lead to an economic shock – or recession – which would mean dramatic public spending cuts, job losses and years of financial insecurity for your family.
- 9 out of 10 economic experts say our economy would be damaged. The value of the pound would fall, meaning the cost of your shopping and mortgage rates would rise, and the value of your home and pension would fall.
- Overall we get more out than we pay in. Britain pays £5.7 billion a year to be a member of the EU Single Market, the world’s largest free trade zone (Source: The Institute for Fiscal Studies) but the benefit of being in the EU is worth £91 billion to our economy (Source: Confederation of British Industry).
- The UK economy benefits from investment worth £66 million from EU countries – every day (Source: Office of National Statistics).
The risks of leaving
The Bank of England says that if we left, there would be an economic shock, and we could go back into recession, putting your job at risk and your family budget under pressure.
- There would be a period of instability during the 2-10 years of negotiations, and economic experts predict a dramatic devaluation in the pound, and a fall in the value of your home and pension.
- You and your family would feel the impact in higher prices on everything from supermarket shopping to fuel – even holidays abroad would be much more expensive.
- Our government would have to negotiate new trade relationships with the EU and many other countries worldwide. European leaders have confirmed that they would not give the UK any special treatment on access to trade in the EU single market. British firms would have to pay tariffs to trade, a new cost for them that would mean less trade, fewer businesses and fewer jobs for you and your family.
- After two years, the UK would automatically lose access to all arrangements with the EU, including trade deals, EU funding and rights to free travel, unless all EU states agree to extend talks.
- We would lose vital EU funding for the farming, scientific and medical research and programmes that make a real difference in your local community, including job-creation schemes for young people to infrastructure projects that improve your everyday life, including broadband networks, better roads and new bridges. In a recession, our government would not be able to replace these grants even if they wanted to.
Britain's place in the world
Being in the EU gives Britain a more powerful role in the world and a say in major global decisions affecting you and your family.
- World leaders including Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau and Narendra Modi say our world influence would be diminished if we left.
- We would lose our say on climate change regulations, trade regulations, the economy and security, meaning less influence on the world you and your family live in.
Impact on UK business
Being in the EU creates economic growth and more jobs for you and your family – trade with the EU accounts for 44% of UK exports.
- In the EU Single Market, over 1 million UK businesses trade without export or import charges, or paperwork, to 500 million customers in the EU (Sources: HMRC and Treasury).
- If we left, businesses would be hit by new charges to trade goods or services in the EU, leading to job cuts, higher prices, lower wages and fewer opportunities for you and your family.
- Companies say they would move their business, and jobs, to other EU countries, meaning fewer jobs on the UK market.
EU laws protect you in the workplace, meaning no government can scrap your rights.
- Being in the EU gives you the right to paid holiday leave, maximum working hours, equal treatment for men and women, rights for part-time workers, health and safety standards at work, parental leave and protection against discrimination based on sex, race, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation.
- If we left the EU, your workers’ rights would be up for debate and vulnerable to being scrapped. There could be years of uncertainty for you and your employers (Source: Trades Union Congress).
Being in Europe makes our economy stronger, meaning more money for public services including the NHS, and better schooling and healthcare for your family.
- Leaving the EU would damage our economy and would force government spending cuts of £40 billion, meaning less money for the NHS (Source: The Institute for Fiscal Studies) and longer waiting times for operations, GP appointments and A&E treatment.
- NHS England chief Simon Stevens says Brexit would be ‘very dangerous’ for the NHS.
- Leave leaders including Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage have campaigned for privatisation of the NHS.