Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Your Guide to the Big Issues

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Your Guide to the Big Issues

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ONE of the biggest problems with the upcoming EU referendum is that many of us don't really know very much about the EU.

So here we summarise the key points being fought over by both sides in an attempt to shed some light on the debate.

DEMOCRACY The principle at the heart of the Brexit argument is who holds the power.

Brexiters say the EU project was never meant to be this big - but that Brussels now dominates every area of our public policy, tying us up in red tape and 'hoovering up' our democracy.

Some say up to 80 per cent of our laws, rules and regulations are now made in Brussels.

The In campaign says the 80pc statistic is a figment of Nigel Farage's imagination, claiming the figure is probably closer to 10 or 15pc.

David Cameron points out he has negotiated a commitment that means Britain will not now hand over any more of its power to Brussels.

SECURITY Particularly in the wake of the Paris attacks, the issue of whether we would be safer in or out of the EU has become extremely pertinent.

The Out campaign says Britain needs to be able to control its own borders to keep itself fully secure.

Some Brexiters - including former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith - have controversially claimed that without complete control, there would be a higher threat of a terror attack on British soil.

The In campaign says IDS's claim is blatant scaremongering and point out we already have considerable control over our borders, including over who gets granted asylum and refugee status.

Former MI5 chief Jonathan Evans argues EU membership 'underpins the stability of Europe. …

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