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There is genuine debate around Europe building up to the in/out referendum on the 23rd of June. News stations, politicians and celebrities all seem to have an opinion but there appears to be very little evidence to suggest either makes a marked difference that will affect the British public with complete verity. The fountain of uninformative noise and fog of political sound bites denies us the ability to competently vote in a referendum, for most of us, the first time in our lives. Whether you’re currently in, out or unsure he are some FACTS that may help even marginally with your decision. There is more than likely information you the reader are already privy to here but this is only suppose to ignite further research and investigation that our media and our partisan politicians seem inept at presenting.

A couple of quotes on the most important European issues:

“EU members have a common trade policy and are represented by the EU in all trade negotiations with the rest of the world. After Brexit, Britain could look for new trade deals with countries such as China, India and the United States. CEP analysis shows that trade with such non-EU countries could indeed rise after Brexit. But the magnitude of these increases is not enough to offset the decline in trade with the EU. Also, the US has already stated that it would not do a trade deal with Britain alone.” – ukandeu.ac.uk

“And on that matter, for example, I think it’s fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done.” – Barack Obama

“And everybody is suddenly wrangling about the terrors of the world outside. Actually it would be wonderful. It would be a huge weight lifted from British business.” – Boris Johnson

“Migration statistics can be used to estimate the flow of migrants in and out of the UK and to estimate the number of migrants living in the UK (the stock). One estimate of the flow of migrants is the United Nations definition of a migrant; someone who moves to another country for at least 12 months. The headline net migration figure for the UK is updated quarterly. The latest estimate released is that total net migration to the UK in the year ending September 2015 was 323,000.” – migrtationwatchuk.org

 “The world is not going to collapse” – Sir Vince Cable

Businessmen and celebrities have been grappling with the issue as well, with many urging us out. Dragons Den Theo Paphitis is the latest name to say: “I feel the UK should have a free trade agreement with the EU — and nothing more.”

One of the biggest arguments is “What has Europe ever done for us” despite our human rights laws coming almost entirely from the European Union Convention of Human Rights. This short satirical clip featuring Patrick Stewart highlights the issue well:

Don’t just take it from me, here are some unbiased Brexit websites for your indulgence:

http://infacts.org

https://fullfact.org/europe/

http://ukandeu.ac.uk

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