9 of the 10 poorest regions in Northern Europe are in the UK. This country also has a disproportionate share of polluted cities in the region. Whilst the EU has a lot of red tape, it also enforces vital legislation to protect — human rights, the environment and even our right to privacy. This is why I’m in, I’m hopeful we can create a better future for ourselves.
Whilst you may not gain or lose from the EU debate, please keep in mind the fragile ecosystem, vulnerable people and disenfranchised communities. Please think of all the deprived areas that benefit from EU funding. Think of all the arts, cultural and civic projects that rely on EU funding. Think of the education programmes that allow students to travel and study in some of the most accomplished institutions across Europe. This is why I’m in. Having volunteered on several EU funded projects, I am hopeful I can join millions of likeminded people across Europe and create positive social impact.
Why is there a lot less of everything? There is a very simple explanation — governments have repeatedly cut funding to vital services (social housing, adult social care, education). In some cases it is EU funding that is coming to the rescue. This is why I am in.
The UK is remarkable in so many ways, let’s accept our place in the world. Let’s ensure young people continue to have access to unprecedented opportunities on a regional and global stage. And let’s make the EU better whilst we are in it.