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[Comment] Offline: Why the UK must stay in Europe

“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” The case for voting to leave in the referendum on June 23 has been fiercely made. Reclaim our freedom and sovereignty. Take back control of our laws and borders. Stop would-be terrorists from entering our country. Be more influential in the world by stepping out of Europe’s shadow. Save money wasted on European bureaucracy. Or, more viscerally, our country is Britain, not a United States of Europe. By comparison, the case for staying within a European Union of 28 member states (19 of whom share a currency, the Euro) has often been defensive, reactive, and more about promoting fear of leaving the Union than advocating a positive vision.