More than 60 people gathered at the Phoenix Centre in Malling Street on Monday night (January 4) to hear Anneliese Dodds, Labour’s MEP in the South East, explain why we’re better off together in the European Union than out of it.
Ahead of an in or out referendum, now widely touted to take place as early as this autumn, Anneliese Dodds opened a frank and lively open meeting organised by Lewes Labour Party highlighting the global strengths and benefits of staying in a stronger, reformed European Union.
One in ten British jobs are linked to trade with Europe. Half of all British exports, valued at £227 billion last year, go to Europe.
Europe brings £26.5 billion in to Britain every year and many British workers’ rights, including rights to holiday and maternity pay, come from EU membership.
Aside from economic benefits, protecting us at work and as consumers, Ms Dodds also highlighted international co-operation across Europe in the current refugee crisis and the role of the EU as a globally recognised force for peace and international security, winning the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in international social and economic integration.
“If we left the EU, it would take years to rebuild the relationships and agreements with other countries that keep us secure and economically stable. We are better off being part of an internationally recognised driving force in global politics and economics, in Britain and in the South East, she said.
Other speakers were Dr. Peter Holmes, specialist in European Economic Integration at the University of Sussex, and Lloyd Russell-Moyle, former Lewes Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate and former Vice-President of the European Youth Forum.
The next meeting on ‘Politics for the age of global insecurity’ is on Monday, February 1 at the Phoenix Centre.
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