Brexit: Is it worth it?

Brexit to cost
£2,000 million
a week  

says the Government's own report


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There are reasonable people who support Brexit and reasonable people who oppose it.

But we have the right to make up our own minds: whether we prefer a Hard Brexit or Soft Brexit. Or whether we prefer to stay in the EU.

These are the three options facing Britain - and their costs and benefits:

Option 1

Hard Brexit

 

We leave the EU, including the single market. “Hard Brexit” means that even with a trade agreement, we would not be able to trade as easily as we do now.

This is the Government's preferred way forward.

Costs

  • £2,000 million a week cost to the economy, according to the Government's own report
  • This means less money for the NHS and other public services
  • £40,000 million exit fee
  • Difficult to recruit European NHS staff
  • British people lose right to work, study and retire in Europe

Benefits

  • Control over immigration from the EU
  • Regulatory freedom – but still subject to World Trade Organisation rules and any rules forming part of the free trade agreement

Option 2

Soft Brexit

We leave the EU but stay in the single market. “Soft Brexit” means that we would be able to trade almost as easily as we do now.

This is a compromise that many trade unions and businesses recommend, but which the government rejects. It is sometimes called the 'Norway option'.

Costs

  • £800 million a week cost to the economy, according to the Government's own report
  • This means less money for the NHS and other public services
  • £150-170 million a week contribution to the EU budget
  • We would be subject to EU rules but would have no say over them

Benefits

  • Guaranteed right to visa-free travel
  • British people keep the right to live, work and study in Europe
  • No mobile phone roaming charges
  • Keep EU employment protections

 


Option 3

We stay in the EU

Britain exercises its right to change its mind and stay in the EU, if the exit deal is bad. 

Opinion polls show more and more people want a final say once the exit deal is finalised.

Costs

  • £200 million a week contribution to the EU budget

Benefits

  • Guaranteed right to visa-free travel to Europe
  • Right to live, work and study in Europe
  • No roaming charges
  • Retain EU guaranteed employment rights
  • We get to influence EU rules and decisions

Sources and explanations for all our facts are available here.

Which is best for Britain?

There are some benefits to both Hard Brexit and Soft Brexit. But there are also serious costs, including less money for the NHS.

Now that we know the facts, what do you think?

Is it worth it?



Is it worth it? is a grassroots campaign to tell the truth about the costs of leaving the EU.

Our Brexit Facts Bus is touring the UK from 21-28 February 2018. 

The tour is organised by 20 local non-party groups from across the UK. Our funding comes from small donations from over 600 ordinary people.

We are not linked to any political party, company or pressure group.

Find out more about who is behind the campaign, including our funders and the groups that organised the tour.

Find out about the towns our bus will be visiting on its tour of the United Kingdom.