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  • Ten good reasons to bremain.

  • To be or not to be

  • an EU member state.

  • That is the question

  • Why be part of a club of people eating croissants for breakfast, driving on the right

  • that's thewrongside of the road and drinking that black beverage?

  • (yuk, coffee)

  • It's all about loveactually

  • Because EU consumers LOVE British products. That's 500 million consumers!

  • If UK exports to the EU went down by 10%

  • the UK would need to increase exports to the Commonwealth by

  • have a guess Sherlock… 40%! to make up for the loss.

  • Britain sells more to Ireland than to Brazil, Russia, India and China combined.

  • But other Europeans not only value UK tea, cars, ale, cucumber sandwiches or that delicious steak and kidney pie [puaggghh] ,

  • they value UK education too.

  • Every year 125,000 Harry Pottersexcuse mestudents from all over Europe attend UK Universities.

  • Well, yes, they don't all look like Downton Abbey.

  • That means that the British education system is creating the next generation of European professionals.

  • Leaders from 12 EU member States received part of their education from UK universities.

  • That's like the Great British Bake off of leaderswhich is by the way supported by EU research funding,

  • But talent moves in both directions.

  • 190,000 UK students have taken advantage of the EU’s ERASMUS scheme to study abroad.

  • Only study ? Well, that's another story

  • Being part of the same club, they can move safely and freely all over the European Union.

  • That's why there are just as many Europeans living in the UK (hey toro) as there are British citizens living in Europe.

  • And there are as many Brits in Portugal and Spain (yes, it's tacky, I know, but we loooove Benidorm…) as there are Poles in Britain. Olé!

  • We are all different but equal. (and yes, we all love to hate the Eurovision song contest.)

  • What about jobs? Over 3 million UK jobs are linked to the EUthat's one in every ten UK jobs!

  • And although the UK stuck to the pound, London is the largest centre for trading in euros in the world.

  • Europe trusts the UK with their money!

  • The City of London is the bridge between the European and the global financial market.

  • The UK is such a crucial part of Europe that 40% of total Foreign Direct Investment into Britain derives from other EU states.

  • These are companies producing products, money and jobs on UK soil!

  • The UK is one of Europe's biggest states and routinely punches above its weight.

  • Because of the UK, the single market remains at the heart of the EU.

  • And hey, the British know a thing or two about innovation.

  • After all the UK invented the laptop, the SMS, graphene, (what's graphene?) and pop!

  • Ahhhhh BritpopIt actually started in a cellar in Hamburg.

  • Then there's security.

  • Does one really want to trust it to 007?

  • In a world of such complex and global threats isn't it great to have Europol if ever there were a need for back-up?

  • The UK's history, clout and involvement transformed the continent into the Union it is today.

  • And that works the other way around too: The UK gains power from being a strong leader in Europe.

  • Because together we are stronger. Superman ? He's not from here!

  • Because the Brits invented football for Christ sakes and every other decent sport and game worth playing.

  • Oooopssorry, that too.

  • Cheers, luv!

  • You see? It's all about loveactually

Ten good reasons to bremain.

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    Jim posted on 2016/07/27
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