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Published on May 18th, 2014 | by Catch21 Admin
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Why vote for the Liberal Democrats? #eu4u

The Lib Dem’s have suffered drastically in support since entering the coalition government in 2010 with the Conservative’s. Supporters have been frustrated with the party’s ideology being shoved over by their coalition partners in recent times and are on course to come fifth in the next European elections. Nevertheless, if you’re pro-Europe and see the benefits of UK’s membership of the EU, it may make perfect sense to vote for the Liberal Democrats.

Liberal Democratic leader Nick Clegg has attained first class experience in Europe, after having numerous jobs in countries such as Hungary and Belgium. He gained a second master’s degree in European studies at the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium and he was a former Minister of European Parliament for the Liberal Democrats from 1999-2004. He recently faced Nigel Farage in the LBC leader’s debate on Britain’s future in Europe supporting the EU. In their campaign, they state that the party want the UK to stay in the European Union “because that is how we keep our country strong, prosperous, safe and green”.

In their manifesto, they state numerous points which they strive to achieve.

Create more jobs with trade within Europe.

Millions of jobs are linked with our trade with European countries and being part of the European Union gives the UK more strength to achieve trade deals with global players such as the US and China, giving more opportunity for British Businesses. The Lib Dem’s in European Parliament supported valuable trade agreements with emerging economies such as South Korea and helped cut the European Union Budget by £30 billion while securing over £60 billion in EU wide funding. For the forthcoming election, they vow to increase jobs by removing remaining trade barriers and fully open up this huge market of £500 million customers to British businesses.

Help fight crime across Europe.

The party have previously supported European Union laws cracking down human trafficking, child alert system and new laws giving British citizens victim support free of charge if accused in another country. The Lib Dems vow to continue fighting crime by supporting measures to combat cross border fraud, corruption and tax evasion. They also insist to support the work of the new European cyber-crime Centre and demand the worldwide protection of children online.

Protect the environment and create green jobs.

The renewable energy sector now employs three times as many people as the UK coal industry and could create around 200,000 new jobs over the next decade. The Lib Dem’s would support future EU policies that will make our homes greener, warmer, and cheaper to heat.

Reform the EU to cut waste, protect the UK’s influence in the Single Market and strengthen the role of the Westminster Parliament in scrutinising EU legislation.

The majority of Liberal Democrats MEP’s represent the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) at European Parliament. ALDE is the main centrist political group in the EP. While most of its MEP’s now fall in or around the centre, with a wide range of opinions on the EU, and the group has suffered over the years from defections to the European People’s Party. Following the 2009 elections the group had 84 members from 19 EU member states, the biggest national blocs coming from Germany and the UK.

To end this article, the sentence is mentioned in their manifesto:

We know the EU isn’t perfect but we can only make Europe better if we stay in a position of influence at the centre”.

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