On global influence

Leaving the EU would give the UK more global influence, not less

  • With less than a 10% share of the vote in the EU legislatures, the UK’s ability to influence EU policy is limited.  An independent UK would therefore exert greater international influence.
  • The UK’s overall diplomatic reach would remain strong – we would continue to be a major contributor to NATO, and would hold a permanent seat at the UN Security Council (in addition to our fundamental roles in the OECD, the G8, the G20, the P5, and the Commonwealth).
  • Leaving the EU would give Britain its own seat at the World Trade Organisation rather than being represented by the EU.

If Europe is now at a crossroads, if we opt to stay inside the EU, it is clear that the Treaty on European Union's article 1 commitment to ‘ever closer union’ will surely leave the UK with even less influence than it currently has. Leaving the EU would give us greater influence on a global level.

The government would also be free to push for new global trade deals, and reinforce its links with the Commonwealth.

As an English speaking nation, a major economy with vast resources in research and innovation, not to mention cultural output, there is a lot the UK can gain from engaging more fundamentally with the rest of the world, and vice-versa.

We believe it would be better to exercise our own voice on a global level than be an increasingly marginalised voice within the EU.

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