Liberal Democrats are internationalists because we understand that by working together countries can achieve more than they can alone. We want Britain, and England, to stay in Europe because that is how we keep our country strong, prosperous, safe and green.
England is home to some of the most successful European businesses, whose trade with other countries in Europe keeps millions of people here employed. Companies like Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry thrive in England because of the access it grants them to the entire European market.
Nobody will deny that England has some of the best universities in the world, from Exeter to Oxford to Durham, which teach and employ hundreds and thousands of British people every year. Being in the EU allows our students and professors to exchange ideas and learning with other people across the continent, and gives universities access to significant grants for research into important future medicines and technologies.
From the cliffs of Cornwall to the peaks of the Lake District, England is also internationally renowned for its beautiful countryside, and working with our European neighbours we can help reverse the damage of climate change and protect our native plants and ancient woodland for future generations to come.
If England were to leave Europe, we would be leaving one of the most powerful organisations on the world stage. We would lose the majority of our trading partners, and what’s more other big countries like China, the USA and India would be more likely to overlook us in trade deals in the future. After all, why would they deal with the bureaucracy of one country when they could get access to 27 others in the same amount of effort? Leaving would put our universities at risk, and we would damage chances to tackle climate change and protect our countryside.
Britain’s place in Europe is central to the prosperity of the North West, boosting trade and attracting foreign investors. Staying #INtogether is the best way to protect local jobs and investment.
- 350,000 jobs in the North West, or around one in ten, are linked to trade with the EU
- The North West exported £13.5 billion worth of goods to the EU in 2014, which was 52% of total goods exports and was equal to about 9% of GVA in the region; Germany, Netherlands and France represented the region’s top 3 export destinations
- 56.7% of the North West’s imports come from the EU. Consumers and businesses purchase goods worth £13.6billion from countries in the European Union at lower cost, due to the Free Trade Area that Single Market that the UK has access to through its EU membership.
- In the last 5 years there have been 240 investment projects in the North West from EU companies, creating or protecting almost 25,000 jobs. That’s over one third of all foreign investment projects in the North West in that time.
- Janet Beer, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said that “Being in Europe means we can achieve greater impact from our universities’ ground-breaking research, improving people’s lives through advances and discoveries. In the EU, universities can provide more life-changing opportunities for British students and staff, equipping them with the knowledge and skills they, and the UK, need to succeed.”
- The North West Business Leadership Team, an influential business group in the region, told the Liverpool Echo that “our country’s future prosperity depends upon a flourishing manufacturing base in the North West which is able to continue competing and trading on a global stage.” They added that Brexit would significantly weaken the UK’s position in trade deals and that “The resulting imbalance of relative trade size could mean UK exporters suffer from less favourable agreements in the future.”