Tomorrow’s world will be tougher for Britain, as US hegemony ebbs, rival global power centres re-emerge, and international institutions stall. Leaving the EU would hurt Britain’s ability to face these challenges, making it less secure and reducing its influence on global affairs.
Britain gains key security benefits from EU membership. It is one of the top three countries shaping EU foreign policy, including sanctions – a key policy tool for the twenty-first century.
Britain gains added clout from being part of the EU, making it a more attractive ally to others. All its major partners want it to remain, from China to the US and the Commonwealth. Crucially, a Brexit would weaken NATO, as highlighted by five ex-chiefs of the organisation.
EU police cooperation has made Britain safer, allowing it to track down fraudsters, traffickers and sex criminals abroad. Intelligence sharing via Europe’s databases is vital for countering terrorism.
On migration, Britain has the best of both worlds, pushing its border controls to Calais and making big withdrawals from common EU funds, while escaping the costs of relocating refugees.
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