Why should young people vote to leave?
ICM Poll (June 10 - 13)
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- There is no such thing as ‘EU funding’. The UK contributed £13 billion to the EU budget in 2015, of which we received £4 billion back in ‘EU funding’ (HM Treasury, 2015) and were told how to spend it. We are no richer, nor freer, under this arrangement
- EU membership is not a condition of participation in the Erasmus scheme. Iceland, Norway, Macedonia, Liechtenstein and Turkey are all full-participants, and there are an additional 22 non-EU members who are partners of the scheme (Erasmusplus.org)
- UK universities always have been, and always will be, world leading institutions in their own right. 5 of the world’s top 20 universities situate in the UK, compared to zero in the rest of the EU (QS World University Rankings, 2015)
- The EU has been a disaster for the employment prospects of young people. Youth unemployment is 19.4% in the EU and as high as 48.9% in Greece (Eurostat, 2016)
- 3 million jobs will not be lost if we leave the EU (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2015).Even if 3 million UK jobs did rely on trade with the EU, by the same calculation some 6.5 million EU jobs rely on trade with the UK (House of Commons Library, 2006). Trade will continue!
- Do we seriously believe that the advances in women’s, workers’ or minority rights could not have been achieved by our own, democratically elected Parliament? It’s precisely because these issues matter, that we want them decided by the representatives we elect
- ‘Official figures’ claim that the EU influences 53% our laws (House of Commons Library, 2010). This should be zero!