13 Reasons to Stay in Europe

REASONS WHY BRITAIN’S FUTURE IS IN THE EU 1. Jobs Around 3.5 million British jobs are directly linked to British membership of the European Union’s single market – 1 in 10 British jobs. 2. Exports & investment The EU buys over 50 per cent of UK exports (54 per cent of goods, 40 per cent of services). Over 300,000 British companies and 74 per cent of British exporters operate in other EU markets. American and Asian EU firms build factories in Britain because it is in the single market. 3.…

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EU referendum polls suggest Remain is taking back the lead after Brexit surge

YouGov says it has detected a shift in opinion, with more undecided voters backing Remain The latest polls will be a boost to David Cameron and the Remain campaign Getty Images The first opinion polls on the EU referendum since the killing of the MP Jo Cox have suggested the ‘Remain’ campaign is pulling back into the lead. There has been widespread speculation that the Labour MP’s death could result in a shift in public opinion against the Leave campaign. On Saturday, an exclusive Comres poll for The Independent that was carried out either side of…

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Top bosses move to back Remain ahead of EU vote

Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media captionPremier League boss Richard Scudamore says he believes the UK should remain in the EU Top bosses including Sir Richard Branson, the Premier League chair and car industry executives have backed Remain ahead of Thursday’s EU vote. Premier League chair Richard Scudamore said the 20 clubs in the top tier wanted to remain and that leaving would be “incongruous” in the context of the league’s commitment to “openness”. Meanwhile, Sir Richard warned a British exit from the…

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‘Brexit’ harmful to Tamils’ cause! says GTF spokesperson

By Shamindra Ferdinando The UK-based Global Tamil Forum (GTF) hadn’t influenced voters of Sri Lankan origin in the run-up to the EU referendum to decide UK’s future in the organisation, the grouping’s spokesperson Suren Surendiran told The Island yesterday. Surendiran said that it would be the prerogative of each individual to vote for or against ‘Brexit’ on Thursday (June 23). Asked whether the GTF had covertly influenced voters, Surendiran said: “Like I always said, GTF is an organization solely about Tamils in Sri Lanka. All Tamils in the UK must use their…

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Rs. 16.3 billion – the reward of obeying EU rules

The lifting of the European Union (EU) ban on the export of fishing products from Sri Lanka will bring in about 100 million euros – Rs. 16.3 billion – in annual revenue, the Director-General of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Christy Lal Fernando, said. Prior to the ban, the country had earned nearly 78 million euros in revenue from fish exports to the EU. Following the sanction, earnings had plummeted to 19 million euros. “Today we can earn approximately 100 million euros, primarily because the cost of fish…

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Lankan ministers in London campaign against Brexit

Sri Lanka’s two main ruling parties have joined the chorus of global voices urging British citizens to vote to remain in the European Union at next Thursday’s crucial referendum. As opinion polls indicate that British support for leaving the European Union has surged, Telecom and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando told the Sunday Times last night that several ministers and deputies who would be visiting Britain in the next few days on official matters would meet British citizens of Sri Lankan origin to urge them to vote to remain within…

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WORLD REFUGEE DAY: Hang your heads in shame

A day, we the people living on this planet, need to hang our collective heads in shame. For even as this editorial is being written, 65.3 million of our fellow-dwellers on this planet have been forced from their homes and forced to flee their cities and countries. Among them are nearly 20 million refugees, over half of whom are under 18 years of age.    According to statistics of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, one in every 122 humans is now a refugee, an internally displaced person, or…

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SLGTI established at Kilinochchi with Euro 8.7 million funding from Germany

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and German Ambassador Dr. Juergen Morhard addressing the media in Colombo. by Steve A. Morrell The Sri Lanka German Training Institute (SLGTI) will be opened at Kilinochchi July 18 with Euro 8.7 million funding from the Federal Republic of Germany. Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the establishment of the SLGTI is sequel to bilateral relations between the governments of Sri Lanka and Germany. This Training Institute will be opened by President Maithripala Sirisena. The war ended in 2009 resulting in the development…

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Queen to honour young person from Sri Lanka next week

Queen Elizabeth II will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to an exceptional young person from Sri Lanka at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London next week. As the Commonwealth celebrates The Queen’s 90th birthday, this year’s Award winner, 28-year-old Nushelle De Silva, has been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community. As a Queen’s Young Leader, she will be representing Sri Lanka as she joins winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for five…

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