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Please don’t leave us, begs Europe

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A consortium of European civil society organisations has written a letter to the British public urging them to vote remain on Thursday

A European consortium of civil society organisations is begging the British public not to vote to leave the European Union.

An open letter to the people of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales says: “We know it's your decision next Thursday, and that we can’t make it for you, but we really want you to stay.”

European Alternatives represents non-governmental organisations across the whole continent and said the UK referendum on Europea represented a “momentous” decision.

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

It published the letter on its website, circulated it amongst organisations in the UK, and was set to hand it out to members of the public on London’s Millennium bridge on Tuesday.

It stated: “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.

“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.”

The organisation pointed out that people who are more likely to vote remain in the EU are less likely to vote at all. So, the letter continued by urging people to vote to pledge to vote remain on Thursday.