EU referendum: considering global poverty and injustice
22 June 2016
The EU referendum taking place on Thursday is a momentous occasion. Together with most member organisations, we have felt unable to contribute to this critical debate due to unacceptable limits placed on charities' freedom of expression, including the Charity Commission guidance around the referendum. This is something we will continue to fight against.
That said, there are two messages I would encourage you to consider sharing with your members and supporters during the final day of campaigning: firstly, encourage everyone to exercise their right to have their say and vote tomorrow; secondly, ask supporters to consider the impact of a vote either way on the UK’s ability to tackle global challenges related to poverty and injustice.
ask supporters to consider the impact of a vote either way on the UK’s ability to tackle global challenges
We believe it is right that we remind members of the public who support and engage in international development issues to participate in the democratic process and to consider issues of global poverty in their decision making as the final vote approaches, whatever that consideration leads them to decide.
I am also including links to a number of relevant resources below which may be of interest.
From our members
Girish Menon (ActionAid) – The EU referendum: what does it mean for tackling global poverty?
Global Justice Now – The radical case to remain in Europe
Kevin Watkins (ODI) – What would a Brexit mean for EU development assistance?
John Hilary (War on Want) – EU Referendum: How should the left vote?
Letter to the Guardian (various signatories) – Only inside the European Union can the UK help fight global poverty
Baroness Glenys Kinnock – Op-Ed on international Development and the EU
Linda McAvan MEP – What would Brexit would mean for development?
House of Commons foreign affairs select committee – Implications of the referendum on EU membership for the UK’s role in the world
James Cleverly MP – African farmers are condemned to poverty by the morally repugnant EU
Letter to the Guardian (Democratic Institutions for Poverty Reduction in Africa) – The European Union is an ongoing disaster for Africa
Crispin Blunt MP – Only Brexit offers a positive vision for Britain's role in the world