MP will vote to stay in the EU
PUBLISHED: 06:00 06 March 2016
Sir Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire, will vote for the UK to remain in the European Union.
He said the deal David Cameron secured, although “far from perfect”, strengthens Britain’s special status in the EU, which “tips the balance towards the UK being better off as a member”.
Mr Heald said: “I am not an ardent Europhile, and have always wanted a Europe that recognises Britain’s unique situation and exempts us from any drive towards a super-state.
“I do value the free EU single market with its 500 million customers; it is our home market and the basis for Hertfordshire’s and Britain’s economic success.”
He added: “Being in the EU costs each household £1 per day and experts say the benefits are worth £3,000 a year to the average household in lower prices, more jobs, trade and investment. I also value our EU anti-terror cooperation, which keeps us safe.”
He also said it was “better to be at the table” than to quit and “throw away the benefits that membership brings”.