EU Champion Blog 1


Please see my short blog below

Mark Kirkham      (Northampton labour, European Champion)

Benefits of staying in the EU

Keeps the price of food  low and stable

Through the Common Agricultural policy, which subsidises our farming industry, this keeps our food prices stable and cheap.

Protects jobs through maintaining unfettered access to the EU market.

This protects up to 3 million jobs in the UK alone, it gives our businesses free access to the largest common market in the world.

Maintains our security

Through information sharing the EU protects the UK from terrorist attacks. In addition, the European Arrest Warrant means that we can extradite dangerous criminals to their country of origin. In addition, information sharing is an essential mechanism the EU performs that helps us counter terrorism.

Makes the UK more powerful when we are represented by the huge EU bloc

When dealing with massive trading blocs like China and the US, EU trade deals can push for better terms which directly maintains jobs in the UK. In addition, when dealing with international corporations, if we are represented by the EU, we can ensure that they pay the right amount of tax.

Protects human rights law

Through the European Court of Justice which maintains the European treaties, this ensures that international human rights law is maintained throughout the EU. This is legally binding throughout the member states, which means that on issues of human rights, EU law protects the rights of citizens all over Britain.

Protects workers rights and equal pay

The EU introduced the idea of paid maternity and paternity leave which has huge benefits for working people with families. In addition, in 1957 the EU introduced the equal pay act, which means that women and men have a right in law to equal pay.

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