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What do other major countries think about us being in the EU?

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World leaders including Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have made clear that Britain is stronger in Europe. Barack Obama said ‘The European Union doesn’t moderate British influence, it magnifies it. A strong Europe is not a threat to Britain’s global leadership; it enhances Britain’s global leadership.”
They would prefer to deal with us and trade with us if we are within the world’s largest free trade zone. It also makes Britain more attractive for foreign investment.
Being a leading member of the EU, as well as in NATO and the UN, ensures that Britain can stand tall in the world and promote our interests.  
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.

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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If we left the EU, would we then leave the UN or NATO?

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The UK has more control over world events and a bigger say over decisions shaping the world we live in, by being a part of major organisations such as the UN, NATO and the EU. These organisations help our country in very different ways.
We would never dream of leaving the UN or NATO, why would we leave the EU, which is the one that keeps our economy strong, helping businesses grow and create jobs and lower prices for hardworking families?
If we want to have more power in the world, we need to lead, not leave the organisations that shape major global decisions, like the EU, the UN and NATO. Together with our neighbours in the EU, we have the numbers to influence the rest of the world.
By being in the EU, our government can have more control over the major events and rules that shape the world you and your family live in, now and for generations to come. 

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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