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Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP: Dear British friends, we want you IN

March 24, 2016 11:08 AM
By Sophie in't Veld in Lib Dem Voice
Sophie in 't Veld MEP in May 2014. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ter-burg/12435080065/)

Sophie in 't Veld MEP

Writing in Lib Dem Voice Sophie in 't Veld MEP discusses why she wants Britain in the EU.

"My message to the British people is clear: We want you IN, we need you IN.

"Not because of some vague deal between a handful of government leaders, but because only with a strong, united Europe can we respond to the challenges of the 21st century. Inside or outside the EU, Britain will be confronted with cross-border challenges like refugees, terrorism, climate change or the energy crisis. Britain will be much better able to face those challenges as a member of the EU than alone.

"As part of the EU, Britain will benefit more from the opportunities we are faced with in today's globalised and interconnected world. Only together can we make the lives of our citizens better, as a powerful player in the world economy. Britain is amongst the top beneficiaries of EU funds for research and innovation, essential for remaining competitive in the global economy. Don't throw it away.

"The UK is an influential member of the EU. Brits have leading positions in the European Commission and the European Parliament. They have been very prominent in helping shape the European Union and its policies. As a Dutch liberal democrat I work closely together with my British friends, and more often than not, that alliance has been essential for achieving our goals in areas like free trade and competition, sustainability, innovation or civil liberties."

Read more at Lib Dem Voice.