We are the generation who have lived through the longest period of peace and the greatest level of prosperity ever.
We are members the largest wealthiest market in the world. It has 500 million people in 28 countries, is bigger than the USA and it is our biggest trading partner by a mile. We sit at the top table; we draw up the rules, and we have the right to ‘opt out ‘of any parts we don’t like. And we do; we are not members of the Euro, of the Schengen area, of the European refugee agreement, of elements of Social, legal and work place regulation.
When we joined in 1973 we were the “sick man of Europe” (who remembers the 3 day week?). Today we are the world’s fifth largest economy. We have the highest growth in Europe, (which means we are creating more jobs than anyone else) and we have the lowest unemployment for 10 years.
We have a better deal than any other EU member state, and we have done well out of it.
So two questions we need to ask.
Why give all that up when there is no better deal out there (and why would the other states still give us a better deal than they have once we have left?)
Second; we already have low unemployment so, if we stop free movement of workers, who will fill those jobs in Healthcare, hospitality and food industries?
Europe, for all its faults, has delivered for the older generation. But this vote is not about the past, this is about our children’s future. Our greatest gift for them ought to be the same peace, same prosperity and same opportunity as we enjoyed. We know that we would all be worse off outside the EU. So why risk our children’s future by taking a leap into the unknown?