As the EU referendum looms closer, both sides of the campaign are turning it up a notch to try to influence voter opinions.
Following a clear anti-Brexit speech made by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has warned its members to be fully focused on the points raised by both sides before deciding how to vote on June 23rd.
Ms Rudd’s speech detailed the energy benefits of the UK voting to remain in the EU.
The Energy Secretary highlighted her view that EU membership had played an important role in delivering the high level of energy security that the UK holds today – specifying that we now have the fifth highest energy security of anywhere in the world.
In order to deliver energy security in the future, Ms Rudd stated the need for careful co-operation with our European neighbours.
She warned of the difficulties the UK could face importing and exporting electricity and gas, and indicated declining North Sea reserves were also a concern.
She further added the importance of working within the EU against Russia, which has already threatened to use gas as a tool of foreign policy.
For the country as a whole, Ms Rudd claimed that a European internal energy market makes it cheaper and easier for us to buy and sell energy.
In regards to consumer savings, Ms Rudd said the use of EU energy efficient products, such as white goods, had a positive impact on bills, and the loss of these would hit the poorest in society particularly hard.
Ms Rudd stated her belief that exiting the EU would cause a decline in investment in UK energy infrastructure, putting not only investors’ confidence at risk, but also an estimated 660,000 jobs in the UK’s energy sector.
Influence on global future
Finally, the Energy Secretary argued, as a member of the EU, the UK has the power to exert a real influence on significant geopolitical issues such as global climate change, which would be lost in the event of a vote to leave.
Ms Rudd concluded by saying: “I want us to be at the centre of things, making things happen, leading in Europe and getting the best for our people. My judgement is clear. In the EU, our future is stronger and more secure, and our families and businesses are better off.”
The outcome of the referendum could affect your personal affairs and your business, so it’s important to keep an open mind.
John Thompson, chief executive at APHC, said:
“As the June election date draws ever closer, debates surrounding the EU appear to be entering all walks of life.
“According to Ms Rudd’s claims, those working in the energy sector, including plumbing and heating engineers may well be affected by the outcome of the referendum and so should consider all the points raised when deciding which way to vote.
“Needless to say, there will be opposing opinions from the leave Europe campaign on the statistics used by Ms Rudd in her speech.”
Both sides of the campaign will be voicing their opinions over the coming weeks and months in the lead up to the vote on 23 June 2016.
Keep an eye out for industry news and opinions, and make sure you are fully informed before the big day.
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