The price, and value, of EU membership
Speech by Oona King at British Influence’s event Britain in Europe, 2015: Leading or leaving?
Let’s start by inverting Oscar Wilde and asking, like every cynic would, not the value of the EU but the price of the EU.
So how much does it cost us? The EU costs every single person in Britain 37p per day. What do we get in return?
We get peace. You’d think that was quite valuable.
We get access to a Single Market with 500 million consumers (worth £90 billion to Britain annually).
We get freedom of movement.
Speech to the House of Lords 20 Nov 2014 :
Baroness King of Bow (Lab): My Lords, the online world is the real world for digital natives. That is exactly what worries so many of us. However, we would be doing our children a huge disservice if we viewed their online interactions in only a negative light. In fact, for many young people, the internet is far more likely to be a place of opportunity. The internet will bring them opportunities that generations before them could only dream of.
Economists at the respected World Economic Forum (WEF) have kicked the UK out of the world's top 20 countries for gender equality. Their report in November 2014, The Global Gender Gap, measures something more intriguing than wealth: the gap between men and women's life chances. In other words, how much opportunity in a given country is governed by gender. You won't be surprised Saudi Arabia didn't make the top 20 either.