1. Leaving will cost jobs. Many of them in manufacturing. The EU gives businesses access to 500 million customers. Why would any international business want to be outside the EU and at risk of export tariffs? Nationally leaving the EU will put at risk jobs such as those at Nissan in Sunderland. Locally it risks jobs in Rolls Royce at Barnoldswick and Landis Lund at Crosshills.
2. The EU gives us consistent rights for workers - leave and every country will be tempted to bid to offer the lowest rights to attract multi-national companies.
3. If we leave we will still have to trade with the EU and they will make all the rules without us having any say.
4. Farmers will lose income. We produce too little of our own food as it is. No farmer likes EU bureaucracy but what would happen to farming without EU subsidies? Subsidies are highly likely to be much lower after an EU exit.
5. We live in a global economy. It needs global guidance and control to be successful. We need stronger international organisations not weaker, more isolated ones.
6. The vast majority of EU laws are very sensible. For example the much criticised law that all new vacuum cleaners must use less power isn't about forcing people to spend twice as long cleaning it is about helping people to cut their power bills and save energy by having efficient machines. Better to consume less electricity than to give money to Saudi Arabia or Russia to pump more oil.
7. Without the EU we would have to become much more dependent on the USA. We wouldn't regain our former glory we would become America's poodle. There are many things to like about American society such as its freedoms and its creativity but after what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan the dangers of getting too dependent on the "leader of the free world" should be self evident.
8. One little country out on its own can be easily ignored. The whole of Europe cannot.
9. The rest of Europe will be much weaker without us. The EU would become dominated by Germany and this is unlikely to be to our advantage or to be helpful for the vast majority of European people.
10. The EU has brought us 70 years of peace. My grandfather fought in a European war. My father fought in a European war. I haven't had to because of the EU. Unpredictable and unpleasant things happen when you dismantle existing setups. Almost no one expected what happened in Yugoslavia. No one knows what an EU breakup would bring.
Ten Ways the EU needs to Change
1. It should do more to use its collective strength to increase investment in environmental, scientific and modern technology to position Europe for future success.
2. The German government inspired insistence on budgets being balanced always and everywhere needs to be ended. The EU needs managed growth not recession and deflation.
3. It should strengthen support for farmers to re-orientate their production methods so that sustainable food production becomes more economic.
4. It should control and guide the banking system across Europe so that excessive gambles cannot put at risk our future.
5. It should do more to foster low energy consumption technology to ensure that Europe doesn't depend on Russian oil and gas.
6. It's central bank should be free to act and to respond quickly to economic circumstances. We need flexible and rapid boosts to the EU economy during downturns and Europe wide damping down of excessive booms before they go bust.
7. It should only make decisions about things that need to be decided at a European level. As many decisions as possible need to be left with or returned to national and local government.
8. It needs to increase the power of the European parliament over unelected officials and over the control of budgets.
9. It should steadily reduce the power of veto from nation states so that it can make quick decisions about the things that need to be agreed across the continent.
10. It should expand further only on the basis of two categories of membership. New members making rapid adjustments to change can't follow exactly the same rules as long established members who have already implemented rights and responsibilities.