FEBRUARY 15, 2018
On June 23rd Unite is asking you to vote for the UK to remain in the European Union. This is the biggest decision facing the people of the UK for generations.
Voting to remain is a vote for jobs; employment rights; economic stability; the environment and international cooperation. Our society is deeply interlinked with EU membership and decoupling the British state from the EU would cause tremendous upheaval for many years.
In or out – it’s a big decision. There are lots of myths being circulated about remaining in the EU. Check them out here.
Make sure you have all the facts. There are a number of debates being televised in the run up to the referendum and details are available here.
Workers’ rights are protected by EU legislation. Read 10 of the most important employment rights that Europe gave to us.
Unite the union members have thought really carefully about the referendum and are recommending a vote to remain.
The benefits of voting remain are clear.
Being part of Europe makes our economy stronger, helping organisations small and large, creating jobs for British people, and delivering lower prices for British families.
There are three million UK jobs linked to our trade with the EU.
Almost half of our global exports go to the European Union - and we get an average of £24 billion of investment into Britain per year from Europe.
That's why the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) estimates that 3 million jobs in Britain are linked to trade with the rest of Europe.
Being part of Europe also means cheaper prices in our supermarkets, cheaper flights to Europe and lower phone charges when traveling.
And we get out more than we put in. Our annual contribution is equivalent to £340 for each household and yet the CBI says that all the trade, investment, jobs and lower prices that come from our economic partnership with Europe is worth £3000 per year to every household.
That’s a return on investment of almost ten to one and quite simply British families are better off being in Europe.
Remaining in Europe means that we can continue to negotiate as part of a 500 million-strong economy, giving us the clout we could never have on our own.
So to vote leave would be to turn our backs on Europe. We would risk our economic security and there would be no going back. And if we do leave, we will be cut off from automatic access to the economic benefits that the EU brings – hitting businesses, risking workers’ rights and jobs, and threatening families’ financial security.
Vote Jobs. Vote Rights. Vote Remain.