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UK NRI MPs launch anti-Brexit campaign

UK NRI MPs launch anti Brexit campaign pardesi news 1462804213

Indian-origin members of the UK parliament have launched a cross party group in support of remaining the member of the European Union, this in under wake of a possible British exit from the international forum.

Brexit is a short term to refer a possible British exit from the European Union (EU). It is a word that owes something to the term “Grexit”, which has been used for several years to refer to the possibility that Greece might leave the euro zone.

Indian-origin members of the UK parliament have launched a cross party group they have named it as ‘British Indians for IN’ to campaign for Britain to remain a member of the European Union. Importantly, the question of Britain’s membership of the EU has long been tearing; no surprise the issue is now gaining momentum.

Amidst the supporters of the campaign, Indian-origin members of parliament in the UK have launched a new cross-party group to campaign for Britain to remain a member of the EU in the June referendum. Importantly, David Cameron, UK prime minister, has set the referendum date as June 23rd (Thursday), 2016.   

The campaign has the backing of 15 British lawmakers; the noticeable among them include Keith Vaz, Shailesh Vara, Lord Karan Bilimoria, Virendra Sharma and Seema Malhotra. 

According to "British Indians for IN" supporters, they believe that membership of the EU is an issue that transcends party politics, and they are united in the belief the UK is stronger, safer and better off as a member of the EU. 

Their open letter states that, "We are British Parliamentarians of Indian-origin and whilst we represent different political views, on a whole range of matters, we believe that membership of the EU is an issue which transcends party politics. ... We are united in our belief that the UK is stronger, safer and better off as a member of the EU. Contrary to the argument made by some that Britain needs to leave the EU in order to strengthen its ties with Commonwealth countries, we believe that our membership of the EU helps to enhance and strengthen the UK's partnership with countries like India". The letter also said they will be encouraging everyone to vote to remain in the EU, including the 1.2 million British Indians eligible to vote.

Indian-origin member Mr. Alok Sharma said a vote to remain guarantees them continued unfettered access to Europe’s free trade market of 500 million consumers, meaning lower prices, more jobs, increased investment and financial security. He added, that British-Indians could "prove to have a decisive say in our future relationship with Europe”.

Peace in Europe could be at risk if Britain votes to leave the European Union, the British PM David Cameron has warned.  The UK has even regretted "turning its back" on Europe in the past, the British PM said, arguing the EU had "helped reconcile" countries and maintain peace. 

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