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Open letter to the people of the UK

To the people of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and all who call your beautiful islands home:

We know it's your decision next Thursday, and that we can’t make it for you, but we really want you to stay. There's so much that we can achieve together.

Your decision to remain or to exit the European Union is a truly momentous one. If the UK leaves the EU, it would be a blow to the spirit of solidarity and cooperation that is needed to conquer the problems of our generation.

The EU is far from perfect, and we speak as some of those who struggle to make it better, but we believe that isolated countries cannot be the answer.

Major challenges of our time such as climate change, excessive corporate power and the plight of refugees cannot be solved by individual nation states alone. We need international cooperation in order to respond effectively.

It is almost impossible to predict the economic, social and political instability that a ‘leave’ vote would cause, and how it would distract us from more important battles. We desperately need to unite, not to separate. Without the UK as part of the EU, it will be harder for all of us to tackle the complex global problems of our time.

For all of you who know this to be true, and who cherish the peace the EU has helped foster between countries that have been at war for most of their history: please go and vote on Thursday! There is so much at stake. And without you, the vote is in real danger of being won by those who seek to undo this unity.

With hope and solidarity,

Your fellow Europeans

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Why is this important?

This Thursday, the future of the European project lies in the hands of the UK, as its people decide whether to leave the union or remain a member.

If the UK leaves the EU, it would be a huge blow to the spirit of solidarity and cooperation that we need to overcome the problems of our generation.

We know that the EU isn’t perfect. But we need to stick together in order to be able to solve major challenges like climate change, corporate power and the plight of refugees. These problems are too big to be handled by individual nation states alone.

But the polls don’t look good for the remain side right now. [1] We know that the people who are more likely to vote for remain are also less likely to go out and vote. [2] We need to call on the pro-Europeans in the UK and ask them to go out and vote!

We’ve written an open letter to the people of the UK, asking them to stay. On Tuesday, we’ll be handing out this letter on London’s Millennium bridge. We’ll send it to our members to spread it throughout their networks. Your messages of support will motivate and encourage people to vote to stay!

[1] http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/13/eu-referendum-leave-campaign-takes-six-point-lead-in-guardianicm-polls

[2] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/21/eu-referendum-who-in-britain-wants-to-leave-and-who-wants-to-rem/

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