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EU membership sparks debate between pro, anti-camps in UK

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:00 GMT, Feb 18, 2016 |
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The debate on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union (EU) is heating up as British Prime Minister David Cameron forges ahead with efforts to renegotiate terms with the politico-economic bloc.

The “Remain” and “Leave” campaigns have their own opinions and predictions. Since last September, “Remain” has held a consistent lead over the “Leave” campaign, retaining between 51 and 55 percent support in the referendum’s polls. But now the margin is getting narrower.

One of the controversial proposals is free movement as immigration is allowed within the EU, triggering an influx of hundreds of thousands of Eastern Europeans to the UK.

Figures show that Britain every year receives around 500,000 immigrants, although the British government is gearing up to tighten the policy.

The “Remain” campaigners believe immigration has provided jobs to them and other opportunities. However, the opposition believes it has put the whole UK at high risks.

“Immigration is another central driver of Euro skepticism in the UK and some people in the UK think that level of immigration is too high, that it affects the economy in negative ways, that it reduces wages particularly in low-skill jobs. And that also that is has effects on community cohesion and national culture,” said Thomas Raines, a research fellow at Chatham House.

The force of laws in the UK should be lower than that in the EU, which means in many sectors Britain has to transfer sovereignty to the EU.