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Does the EU set our laws?

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Absolutely not: on the most important issues such as defence, foreign affairs, judicial and police matters the UK has important vetoes, allowing our government to fully represent our interests in the EU. 
Just 13.2% of our laws come from the EU (Source: House of Commons Library), including tweaks to existing laws. EU laws are prepared by EU civil servants from the UK and all the member states in the Commission. They are then debated by the UK MEPs we all vote for, and are signed off by our government’s ministers in the Council of Ministers. Our government controls key policy areas including interest rates, taxation, defence policy, and public services, and can veto EU treaties. 
We are an independent nation within the EU, just as Germany, France and others are, with the same rights as they have. Where the EU has proposed policies we disagree with we have opted out – on the Euro, the Schengen open borders agreement or recent proposals to take enforced quotas of migrants.

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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Is Britain safer by being a part of the EU?

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You and your family are safer in the EU.      
Many of the threats to Britain's security are global in nature, like terrorism, Russian aggression and cross-border crime and EU cooperation allows us to fight them more effectively. There is strength in numbers – as part of the EU we are able to implement sanctions against Russia, share intelligence about terrorists and arrest criminals using the European Arrest Warrant.
The European Arrest Warrant means that we can fast-track the arrest of criminals anywhere across the EU. We would lose access to this warrant if we left. 
The British head of EU crime intelligence agency Europol, Rob Wainwright has said “the EU has become vital for Britain’s security interest.”
We can also tackle the cross-border threat of climate change more effectively as members of the EU. Together we can make faster progress towards a sustainable future and fight climate change, and the consequences that affect all of our lives, including flooding and pollution. 

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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Are we more at risk of a terror attack if we leave the EU?

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Being in the EU keeps your family safer from a terror attack. We are better equipped at dealing with the threat of terrorism due to European co-operation that we would lose out on if we left. The British Head of Europol, Rob Wainwright, has made clear that maintaining access to unigue information sharing and other arrangements inside the EU is critical to keeping us safe from terrorism.
Inside the EU, we benefit from the European Arrest Warrant which has allowed us to deport over 7,000 suspected criminals to Europe. Also, over 1,000 suspected criminals who fled to Europe have been arrested under the European Arrest Warrant and returned to Britain to face justice. One of them was Hussein Osman, a terrorist involved in the London 21/7/05 attempted bomb attack, who was caught in Italy and brought back to Britain on a European Arrest Warrant to be tried. He was sentenced to 40 years' imprisonment.

Last updated: Feb 18, 2016

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