With the small talk out of the way, lets deal with the elephant in the room or rather in every room across the United Kingdom, The EU Referendum. The choice the British public must make on the 23rd June that will decide whether we stay a part of the European Union or decide to move forward on our own. This decision can not be taken lightly as it will resonate across the globe and for generation to come.
For me personally as a member of the Labour Party and a member of the BAME community the decision to vote which way was not a dilemma I struggled with for long. I am proud to say I will be voting to REMAIN a member of the European Union; let this not be seen as towing the party line but rather a conscientious decision I made based on the facts available for the betterment of my great nation as a whole.
The economy and specifically free trade, is one of the fundamentals to the success of the EU. It allows us to actually decrease red tape for business by ensuring all major regulations are uniform throughout the union enabling companies to conduct business the same in England, as in France and Italy. It has also benefited consumers by reducing prices and improving the quality of the products on our shelves by removing tariffs on any goods moving through the bloc.
In this day and age of heightened fear and terrorism we must accept that crime acknowledges no borders, religion, or any other distinguishing factor that the human race uses to divide each other. The only way we can combat terrorism and crime is by working together and the EU provides us a perfect opportunity to stand united in the face of hate rather than alone.
Rights, be it human rights or worker rights are all enshrined in our membership of the European Union. What this means is that no matter what government is in power, the European Union will always stand with minorities to ensure they are not persecuted along with workers not taken advantage of. Thus by retaining our membership we ensure we will always have rights such as equal pay, maternity/paternity pay, sick pay, working time directive and countless others that we take for granted as part of British culture that will be at risk should we leave.
Finally I'll tackle the one which unfortunately appears to have been made the most important, immigration. I have always seen immigration as a good thing. It provides us with skilled labour many of our industries are vitally dependant on such as the NHS and the sports industry. The average immigrant is likely to pay more in taxes than claim in benefits as compared to the average British citizen. The flagrant xenophobia that is spread by certain individuals to further their own agendas must be questioned and stopped whenever it rears its ugly head. I plan to discuss more in my next post and look into the negatives in more detail and how they are outweighed by the positives.
I am a firm believer in the UK remaining a member of the European Union and thus have used every opportunity and will continue to do so, by campaigning as a member of the Labour Party until the 23rd June 2016 for #VoteRemain and #LabourInForBritain