Julian Smith MP backs remaining in the EU

19 April 2016

Julian Smith MP has said he is backing the campaign to remain in the European Union.

The Ripon and Skipton MP has joined David Cameroon’s campaign to remain in Europe, a campaign that is far from having full support from all Conservative MPs.

In March 2016, a poll showed 141 Conservative MPs were in favour of out, 163 in favour of staying in and 26 were not decided.

Julian Smith MP said:

We have the best of both worlds being part of the EU and we should not take any risks with our economic security.  Leaving the EU would be a leap into the dark and is a risk that I don’t think we should take for our country.

As someone who grew a small business, I am clear that being part of the EU gives us the best economic and trading opportunities.  Across the UK, 116,000 small businesses export services to the EU, and 2 million jobs are either directly or indirectly linked to these exports.

Rather than risking our economy with a vote to leave, we should be building on these European markets, making the most of the free trade deals the EU has in place around the world, and continuing to benefit from the cheaper supply chains in place across Europe.

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