MP for Beaconsfield, will be voting remain
IN this Referendum many people remain undecided. We have been bombarded with claims and counterclaims-often questionable.
The choice we are being asked to make is against a background of deep uncertainty over global issues ranging from mass migration and the violence in the Middle East, to a loss of confidence in western democracies being able to maintain security, prosperity and quality of life for their citizens.
These are real concerns that cannot be ignored by politicians.
But nothing that I have heard persuades me that we would be better off leaving.
For all the EU’s shortcomings, our participation in it has overall helped deliver economic growth and social progress in our country, when you think of where we were when we joined in 1973. At present we are benefitting from very high levels of inward investment (some £24 billion a year) by virtue of being able to access the European single market and this is driving our economic growth.
Those in favour of leaving want to remove us from this market. We therefore risk immediate adverse economic consequences from reduced investment which may put us into recession and make it much harder for government to maintain the revenue it needs to deliver our public services.
The claims made for the benefits of leaving also appear to me to be unlikely to be delivered. EU migration, for example, makes up less that half the total. Seeing that those coming from the EU are overwhelmingly here to work (50,000 in our NHS alone), where will these workers be found if we restrict their access?
I am also convinced that the well being of our European neighbours is key to our own. We should work with them to improve the EU and not take a step which has deeply unpredictable consequences for us all and is the very reverse of the “quiet” government that politicians should strive to provide.”