Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

5 Reasons to Remain

There are as many reasons to stay in the EU as there people in Wales. Everyone benefits in some way. But, as we don't have time for 3,000,000 reasons, here is a very quick summary of 5 reasons that the EU is good for lots of different people across Wales... 

Five reasons the EU is good for…  


Welsh Workers


  1. At least four weeks’ paid holiday for all
  2. Equal treatment of part-time and full-time workers
  3. The legal principle of equal pay for equal work
  4. Minimum maternity leave entitlement and legal protections for pregnant workers
  5. Protection from workplace discrimination on the grounds of age, race, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation


Welsh Shoppers


  1. A minimum 14-day cooling off period for purchases
  2. Compensation if your flight is delayed by more than 3 hours, cancelled or you’re unable to board due to overbooking
  3. Guaranteed refunds if a package holiday provider goes bust
  4. Clear labelling on food, medicines and cosmetics
  5. Drastic reductions to mobile roaming charges, with a ban on roaming charges mid-June 2017


The Welsh Countryside


  1. EU rules have helped clean up Wales' air, rivers and beaches
  2. EU policies have promoted clean energy and greater recycling
  3. Rare animal and plant species are protected by EU law
  4. Common EU policies have allowed stocks of endangered fish species, including North Sea cod, to recover
  5. Negotiating as a bloc of 28 nations allowed Britain to play a leading role in securing the recent Paris climate agreement


Young people in Wales


  1. The EU's Erasmus+ scheme allows young Welsh people to work or study abroad
  2. The EU supports apprenticeships and back-to-work schemes in areas of Wales with high youth unemployment levels this has underwritten almost 100,000 apprenticeships in Wales.
  3. EU research funds support the work of Welsh universities, like Cubric II in Cardiff, the Menai Science Park in Bangor and the Swansea Bay Campus 
  4. Europe is more accessible than ever before, helping young people in Wales to travel across Europe cheaply and safely
  5. UK qualifications are recognised by all EU countries


Welsh Women


  1. EU law upholds the principle of equal pay for equal work
  2. The EU guarantees minimum maternity leave entitlement and provides other protections for pregnant workers
  3. The EU has increased scope for flexible working and ensured equal treatment for part-time and full-time workers
  4. New EU efforts aim to boost women in corporate boardrooms
  5. The EU works to promote women's rights in non-EU countries


Welsh LGBTI people


  1. European laws protect workers from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity
  2. EU agreements with non-EU countries promote LGBTI rights
  3. LGBTI victims of crime have the right to access support from specially trained professionals
  4. EU social funds support LGBTI activism at home and abroad
  5. The EU is working to ensure that same-sex marriages and the legal rights they afford are recognised across Europe

* Bonus * - Sir Ian Mckellan has backed remaining in the European Union because of its strong record on LGBTI rights 


Welsh Animals


  1. The EU banned battery cages, improving the welfare of hens
  2. Hundreds of British habitats have EU protected status
  3. EU laws protect migrating birds as they travel through Europe
  4. The EU recently banned the cloning of farm animals and strengthened a ban on the trade in seal products
  5. A new Animal Health Law will help tackle transmissible animal diseases which endanger animal welfare and human health


Britain’s Security


  1. The European Arrest Warrant allows the UK to bring suspects arrested elsewhere in Europe to justice
  2. Within the EU, Britain has led efforts to improve intelligence sharing to assist in the fight against organised crime and terrorism
  3. Britain has enhanced global influence as part of a bloc of 28 countries
  4. Britain's opt-outs from the Schengen area and justice policies mean it can control its own borders, refuse entry to criminals and choose which EU justice schemes to participate in
  5. The EU played a crucial role in securing the recent Iran nuclear deal


Our place in the world


  1. As part of a bloc of 500 million people, Britain has more clout when taking part in international negotiations
  2. Partners like the US and Japan say Britain is stronger in the EU
  3. The EU has ‘soft power’, allowing Britain to export its values
  4. London’s status as a financial centre relies on access to the EU’s single market - It has been estimated that 100,000 jobs could go in the City would go if we left the EU 
  5. Membership of the EU helps Britain build vital alliances in other international organisations such as the United Nations




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