The case for remaining in the EU is based on a realistic appraisal of how we benefit positively by being part of an organisation of independent European States, who cooperate through compromise and negotiations to achieve the best possible quality of life for all Europeans.
The challenges that face us in the 21st century are global: climate change, economic development and overall security. This includes how we interpret our humanitarian responsibilities for the millions of displaced families fleeing war zones to seek safety in Europe.
Britain’s future is better as part of the EU. When we love our country we want the best for it: to vote Remain is patriotic.
Our future is linked with that of our neighbours at every level. Life is always better when we work together as neighbours, in communities that are willing to compromise on some things so that the whole community benefits. Standing with one’s neighbours for the benefit of all is also patriotic.
The EU is not perfect. It needs further renewal and reform to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It too often appears out of touch and out of reach. We should remain to lead and maximise our influence to drive renewal and reform. This is time for Britain to lead the way.
The arguments to remain are powerful and positive: they are economic, humanitarian, and patriotic. To remain is to be ambitious for our future.
Ian G L Jones,
North East Lib Dems EU Referendum Coordinator