So today is the day Britain decides whether or not to leave the EU. This prospect fills me with dread. The EU is a flawed but very necessary institution. It facilitates trade, soothes political tensions and makes it easier for countries to co-operate. By contrast, the supposed benefits of exiting disappear when subjected to real scrutiny.
That’s a case that’s been made by a lot of people in recent months. But never as persuasively as by the three videos below.
First up is actress Sheila Hancock explaining why the UK can achieve more working with our neighbours against them:
And here’s entreprenuer Richard Branson explaining why most businesses – large and small – support EU membership:
And finally Ngaire Woods, Professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford, explaining why Leave’s notion that we will get better trade deals if we leave the EU is so fanciful: