Campaigns on UK-EU referendum underway

Hauwa Abubakar, Leeds, United Kingdom

Campaigns are heating up ahead of the June 23 referendum to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.

It has been debates galore across the UK, as proponents of leave and remain battle with words to convince people to either vote to leave or remain in the European Union.

Official campaigns ahead of the June 23 referendum to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union kicked off last week across England, one of the EU’s powerful members.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister David Cameron secured an agreement with other EU leaders to change the terms of Britain’s membership.

According to Cameron, the deal would help sort issues of immigration, including keeping the British pound as its currency and not adopting the Euro, a red card system for members of parliament, among others.

The amount of benefits low paid workers from other EU nations can claim would be cut when they take a job in the UK and is hoped will curb the huge arrival of migrants. New arrivals will not be able to claim tax credits and other welfare payments straight away, but will gradually gain the right to more benefits the longer they stay, at a rate yet to be decided.

It also includes Safeguards for Britain’s large financial services industry to prevent euro zone regulations being imposed on it.

However, critics believe the UK would be stronger outside the EU, as it won’t be bound by regional treaties.

Thus, those in support of the UK leaving the EU have taken up points such as encouraging voters that Britain spends more as a member of the EU compared to being out.

“Almost 350 million pounds a week go to Brussels. I think we ought to decide ourselves how we spend that money and I will suggest we spend it on the NHS (National Health Scheme),” said Gisella Stuart, a Labour party MP.

On the other hand, those who want the UK to remain in the EU argue that an isolated UK would not be good for businesses and would affect the British economy, amid other arguments on security and migration.

George Osborne, Councillor for the Exchequer said “you cannot have access to the single market without accepting the free movement of people; so if you want access to the single market you have to accept the free movement of people.”

Independent polls suggest that the “Remain in the EU” team is leading with about 53 percent, but the future of Britain with regards to whether it remains or leaves the EU would be determined on Thursday 23rd June 2016.

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