My article in the Mirror, ‘Unlike Euro 2016, EU referendum only gives us one chance to get it right so vote Remain’

I flew into Marseille on Friday just behind the plane carrying Roy Hodgson and his team, and we managed to chat to Roy on the tarmac. I told him I didn’t envy the big decisions he had to make on team selection.

But at least if a football manager gets it wrong with his starting XI, he has the chance to do something about it: a change of tactics, or some substitutions.

We’ve got our own big decision to take next week, but unlike a football boss, we only get one chance to get it right.

And whichever call we make – staying in the European Union or going it alone – it will have a massive impact on jobs and living standards in our communities, and on the UK’s influence across the world.

I’m not someone who says Yes to Europe every time, no matter what. Fourteen years ago I worked hard to make sure Britain didn’t join the Euro, and thank goodness we didn’t.

But I strongly believe staying in the EU will be the right decision next week. That’s why I am voting to Remain in the EU referendum.

On the Euro, even though many disagreed at the time, I saw that joining would cripple our economy, increase unemployment and damage our public services, and that’s why I fought to keep us out.

This time, it’s the other way round. With half of UK trade tied up in Europe, leaving the EU would be even more devastating for our economy than joining the Euro.

I’m not voting for the status quo – Europe still doesn’t work well enough for Britain.

There’s still too much waste and bureaucracy from Brussels, and – while a limit has been secured on the benefits paid to migrant workers – I don’t think that can be the end of the story.

We need to press Europe to restore proper borders, and put new controls on economic migration.

But if we leave the EU now, we can’t make those changes happen, and we’ll face the worst of all worlds – stay in the Single Market and be forced to accept free movement of people like Switzerland and Norway; or leave the Single Market and see jobs, investment and our public services hammered.

It’s a huge call, and we only get one chance. We got it right on the Euro. Let’s get it right on Remain.

Posted June 14th, 2016 by Ed's team