As the debate over Britain’s future in the European Union heats up, Suffolk’s seven MPs have united to campaign to remain.
Conservatives Jo Churchill, Matthew Hancock, Daniel Poulter, Peter Aldous, Therese Coffey, Ben Gummer and James Cartlidge have joined forces to ensure Britain stays in a reformed EU ahead of the referendum on June 23.
Mrs Churchill, who represents Bury and Stowmarket, and Mr Hancock, who serves West Suffolk, have championed the economic benefits of remaining.
Mrs Churchill said: “The support of all seven Suffolk MPs to remain within a reformed European Union is testimony to the benefits of our EU membership, particularly for rural areas like ours. We have direct access to 500 million customers and as it stands, 300,000 jobs in the East of England are linked to our EU membership and 53 per cent of goods exported from the region, go to the European market. Our membership delivers security and stability to local people and families and to remain in a reformed EU, would only strengthen this for future generations.”
Mr Hancock said: “The case for jobs, prosperity and economic security by remaining within the EU is compelling, we are coming from a position of strength by being able to trade freely in a single market.
“The risks of leaving the EU far outweigh the known advantages we have enjoyed for the past several decades.”
Meanwhile, David Nettleton, who is part of the Bury St Edmunds Stronger in Europe group, noted that three million UK jobs are linked to trade with the EU and 200,000 UK businesses trade with the EU.
The West Suffolk Green Party is to host a ‘local gathering’ in support of remaining in the EU on Thursday, June 16 in the Cathedral Rooms at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, on Angel Hill, from 7pm to 9pm. Green Party leader Natalie Bennett will make a speech alongside Mrs Churchill, Labour’s Jane Basham and Bishop Tim Stevens.
In March, Employment Minister Priti Patel, who is campaigning to leave the EU, visited Suffolk and said a ‘Brexit’ would allow Britain to take back control of its finances, markets, laws and borders.
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