There is a positive, patriotic case to be made why Britain is better off in Europe.
Together we have delivered decades of peace and prosperity and created the world’s largest ever trading area that has led to cheaper flights, lower mobile roaming charges and the opportunity to live, work and retire across the continent.
Together we are stronger in the fight against cross-border global problems like climate change and terrorism – these don’t stop at the White Cliffs of Dover. British police have access to the tools they need to keep us safe and our world-beating scientists have access to vital EU research projects. What’s more we enjoy the highest consumer and environmental protections in the world.
Of course, no-one is saying the EU is perfect. Just like all institutions it is in constant need of reform. But we do that by rolling up our sleeves and winning the argument, not pulling out and leaving ourselves isolated and alone. Only by standing tall in Europe can the UK play a leading role in shaping its future. Liberal Democrats are clear where they stand. We should be standing at the forefront, ready to lead, not leave.