What has the European Union ever done for the UK?

What has the European Union ever done for the UK?


So, apart from peace and trade, which we’ve talked about in previous videos, what has the European Union ever done for the UK? Well, a mandatory minimum to the number of paid weeks of holiday per year your employer can offer you. Laws that make sure you can’t get paid less for doing the same job because of your gender. Proper food labelling, and a requirement to put any ingredients with allergic reactions on the label. The laws that have made our rivers and air cleaner over the past few decades. Many of the laws that have reduced our C02 emissions. The legal right to return a broken item and
get your money back. The laws that make sure things you buy have to be safe to use and not kill you. The laws that say advertisers can’t lie
to you about a product. Or how about that after June 2017 you’ll
be able to use your mobile phone abroad in an EU country for no additional cost compared to using it in the UK? Then there’s the intelligence sharing through organizations such as Europol which helps stop organized crime, including people trafficking. And that this intelligence sharing probably
stops a bunch of terrorist attacks. Then there’s the fact that the EU funds
a huge part of our scientific community, something the British government is increasingly failing to do. The UK has more projects funded by the European Research Council than any other country. You know graphene? That thing that’s going to make solar cells cheap, batteries
better and generally save the world? That was an EU funded project developed at Manchester University, and it’s spawned a whole new industry centred on the UK and with it new jobs. Then there’s infrastructure investment,
like on a new acute inpatient hospital near Birmingham or a new children’s hospital
in Edinburgh. They also invest in green energy, medical
research, recycling, nanotechnology and public transport. But apart from that, what has the EU ever
done for us?

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