The Facts

Britain is better off in Europe. It brings us jobs, growth and investment and protects British workers and consumers. Leaving would put that at risk and diminish Britain’s influence in the world.

Labour is campaigning for Britain to stay in Europe
because we back working people in Britain.


  • Labour’s campaign will be different from the cross-party campaign. We are campaigning to stay in Europe to protect working people and stand up for rights in the workplace.

  • It was Labour that made sure that Britain’s EU membership gave British workers’ the right to minimum paid leave, rights for agency workers, paid maternity and paternity leave, equal pay, anti-discrimination laws, and protection for the workforce when companies change ownership.

  • In this campaign, we’ll continue that proud Labour tradition of campaigning for Britain in Europe, because it’s good

    for British jobs and good for the men and women in those jobs.


  • Britain’s EU membership supports jobs and growth.


  • Britain is a proud trading nation with almost half of our exports going to EU countries worth £227 billion last year to the UK economy. We receive on average £26.5 billion of investment every year from other EU countries. UK jobs and businesses large and small are dependent on trade with Europe.

  • Future EU trade could create 790,000 more jobs by 2030 by opening up markets in digital services, energy and tourism.

  • Large companies from all over the world – not just from inside the EU – choose to build their offices and factories in the UK and recruit staff here because we are a gateway to the European single market. From car manufacturing to high-tech industry to financial services, inward investment creates vital jobs all over the country. Leaving risks investors taking their businesses and jobs elsewhere.


  • Hardworking Brits are better off thanks to our EU membership.


  • Our EU membership has given vital rights to British workers. The EU's rules protect British consumers, British workers and the environment.

  • Being in the EU means the average family saves around £450 a year due to lower prices, achieved through the strength we derive from being part of the biggest consumer market in the world.



  • Britain’s interest demands keeping a strong voice at the top table


  • Because Europe is central to jobs and prosperity, Britain needs a strong voice at the top table which decides the rules on everything from free trade to fishing.

  • Of course the EU needs reform. But we need to make sure it is reformed so that it works for us – and that means staying in to have a voice, not being spectators.

  • If we leave the EU, Britain will still have to follow the EU's rules when we do business there – we just won't have any say in making the rules any more. Countries like Norway which aren't part of the EU have to adopt nearly all EU law in return for access to the Single Market – take it or leave it.


  • In an era of billion-person countries,
    Europe gives Britain an influence we lack when we act alone.


  • Britain’s EU membership makes us a major player in world trade – as an EU member, we’re part of a market with 500 million consumers which other countries want to do business with. The UK is stronger negotiating deals with countries like China and the USA as part of the EU group of 28 nations than we would be on our own.

  • The EU has helped to keep the peace in Europe for decades. Members agree to adhere to common values and respect each other’s borders. At a time of instability in Ukraine and the Middle East, it’s important to be part of a group of nations committed to peace, security and democracy.

  • Many of the problems Britain faces today affect other countries too: climate change, terrorism, cross-border crime. We are better off working together with our neighbours to solve these problems rather than pulling out of the EU and weakening our country.

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