Why I say yes to the EU: Carlos Conde Solares

Yes, let’s start by acknowledging that the EU is not perfect; no human endeavour is. However, in the grand scheme of history, the European Union is a resounding success story. Some Brexit campaigners often use the argument that voting Leave is a patriotic mandate. You might have noticed that the Leave Campaign tends to appeal to raw emotions and feelings, and that they rarely engage coherently with rational arguments. Now … Read more

Why I say yes to the EU: Kate Macdonald

Erasmus exchanges are such an important way to build strong connections between students, staff and institutions inside Europe. If the UK leaves the EU, there’ll be no more Erasmus students coming to the UK for a term or a year, swopping ideas, stories, energy and skills (think about the local services and tourism they boost as well). No more opportunities for staff and students on tight budgets to meet colleagues … Read more

Why I say Yes to the EU: Jonathan Stewart

Six decades of peace is priceless! Born in the late 1950s I have been so very lucky to have lived through 60 years of peace in Europe. The one area to experience conflict, the former Yugoslavia, is now as stable as it has ever been thanks to the principles of the EU to which all nations in that region now aspire. It’s really quite a remarkable thing. The cost of … Read more

Why I say Yes to the EU: Martin McKee CBE

I’ve been undertaking research in and on Europe for 25 years. As an epidemiologist and health policy researcher, Europe is a fantastic natural laboratory. First, we have learned so much from studying the different patterns of health. Take the Mediterranean diet. The changes that so many people have made in what they eat has saved hundreds of thousands of lives. And then there are the natural experiments, when one country … Read more

Why I say Yes to the EU: Ian Hawke

As a tiny kid I’d start those post-Christmas thank-you letters with the simplest home address:

7 Greyfriars Road


As an older kid, I found it fascinating to add every possible layer to this:

7 Greyfriars Road


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Solar System

Milky Way…

It was a first contact with orders of magnitude, as in Powers of 10: first, the family in my house, … Read more

Why I say Yes to the EU: Michael Sadgrove

I am the child of a German Jewish refugee who came to Britain in 1939 to escape the Nazis. Since an early age I have had a strong sense of myself as “European”, as well as British. The EU is not perfect but it has given us peace and security in our continent since the war.

As a Christian, I believe that life is meant to be lived not in … Read more

Why I say Yes to the EU: Tanja Bueltmann

First and foremost I would, if asked to describe my identity, say that I am a European citizen. And that is the simple reason why I consider the potential of the UK leaving the EU such a significant threat on a personal level. Some people say that Europe is not the EU. In geographical terms that is true. But to me the two are intrinsically entwined: all that is so … Read more

Why I say Yes to the EU: Share your reasons

This could be your contribution. Do you want to help us make a case for the UK to remain a member of the EU? Then please share your reasons with us here. Our aim is to give remain stories a personal touch – a face – that will help people understand why we believe the UK is stronger as a member of the EU. The leave side has a lot … Read more