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Brexit: The UK decides its fate in the EU

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM
British Member of Parliament Boris Johnson (left) and porter Greg Essex kiss wild salmon at Billingsgate Fish Market in London yesterday, the final day of campaigning before today's EU Referendum.
The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn (left) applauds London mayor Sadiq Khan as he makes an address during a European Referendum Remain rally in London, yesterday.

Britons will today register their views on the future relationship between their country and the European Union. Here are the major arguments on both sides that have dominated the UK referendum on the EU.

Issue Arguments

Leave Stay

Immigration Britain can avoid an immigration crisis and stop the migrant flow into the UK through border control Leaving will not solve the migration crisis as migrants will still find a way to get into the UK

Crime Britons will no longer be charged with crime in foreign courts as the European Arrest Warrant will no longer obtain The European Arrest Warrant allows foreigners who commit crime in Britain to be tried and brought to justice in British courts

Trade UK can diversity its trade with other countries. It is restricted by the EU in the trade deals it can make A large portion of UK trade is with other EU countries. It is counterproductive to sever ties with these countries

Regulations Too many of Britain's laws are made overseas by dictates passed down from Brussels and rulings upheld by the European Court of Justice. UK courts must become sovereign again. Britain can better shape laws that affect it by being part of the EU

Sovereignty Britain has lost its sovereignty and with the further economic integration of the EU it will no longer be an independent nation Globalisation demands that countries work together if they are to survive economically. Isolation will harm the UK