Feature EU Referendum and Health

Brexit should come with a health warning for the NHS, public health, and research

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3295 (Published 14 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3295
  1. Sarah Wollaston, member of parliament for Totnes
  1. sarah.wollaston.2nd{at}parliament.uk

Sarah Wollaston explains the health concerns that led her to change her mind on Britain leaving the EU

The European Union is not perfect, and the renegotiations missed an important opportunity for reforms that could have benefited all its citizens. There are genuine concerns about democratic accountability, particularly of the Commission, and a serious disconnect between the public and the EU institutions that have such an extensive role in shaping our lives. Having started the campaign as a sceptic, however, I am now convinced that the benefits of our membership far outweigh the problems. We should not sweep the concerns, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), under the carpet, but rather than walk away I believe Britain should stay and influence from within.

The debate covers a complex range of issues, many of which cannot be reduced to simplistic …

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