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Catherine Bearder MEP writes: Europe is about more than the economy, it’s about opportunity (The Guardian)

October 16, 2015 7:58 PM
By Catherine Bearder MEP
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Catherine Bearder MEP for the South East (From Lib Dem Voice)

At the official launch of the Stronger In Campaign on Monday it was great to see such a huge range of people, of all ages and from all walks of life, prepared to work together to secure Britain's place in Europe. The board of the campaign represents all sections of society - students, the arts, business and trade unions - and almost half its members are women. This couldn't contrast more with the male, pale and stale line-ups of the Vote Leave and Leave EU campaigns.

The challenge now for Stronger In will be to translate such a broad base of support into a coherent and positive message. We don't just need to win over undecided voters, we need to make sure those who are broadly in favour of remaining in Europe turn up to cast their vote and play an active role in the campaign. Young people in particular are historically the least likely to vote, but the latest polls show 83% of them want to stay in the EU. They probably won't get passionate about dry economic facts on the impact of Brexit on trade and investment. We need to develop a powerful and uplifting narrative about why Britain's future in Europe matters to them and their everyday lives.

For me, part of that should mean emphasising that the EU is all about opportunity. Whether it is a ski season in Austria or a summer working in a bar in Spain, being in the EU has made it easier than ever before to start a new life almost anywhere in Europe. Since 2007, 100,000 British students have received Erasmus grants to study abroad, giving them a chance to expand their horizons and......

To see the full article on Lib Dem Voice, please click HERE

"An Evening With Catherine Bearder MEP"

Catherine will be visiting us here in the East Midlands for our "Evening With..." dinner on Friday 13th November

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