You don’t need to take our word on the benefits of the EU to the UK! As well as going out and doing your own research, there are also a whole variety of excellent websites staffed by full-time researchers to help you #CheckTheFacts! Here are our favourites:
A journalistic enterprise “making the fact-based case for Britain to remain in the EU.” Transparent and objective, InFacts are “pushing for a referendum campaign that is not marred by inaccuracies and twisted logic.” Set up by Hugo Dixon, a former Financial Times staffer, and several former editors, such as The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger, The Sun’s David Yelland and The Observer’s Will Hutton. Three other high-profile members are the former BBC economic editor Stephanie Flanders, the Reuters blogger Anatole Kaletsky and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum.
- BBC Reality Check: EU Referendum
Throughout the EU referendum campaign the BBC’s expert team of journalists is examining the key claims made by politicians and assessing whether or not they hold true.
- Channel4’s FactCheck
Channel 4’s fact-checking team investigate the EU referendum and other issues in the news. Their mission is to go behind the spin to dig out the truth and separate political fact from fiction.
- Full Fact
Offering a fact-checking service on the referendum. The EU is only part of its work, but there is already plenty of material, particularly about immigration, to read. They have crowdfunded a dedicated EU referendum fact-checking team and provide some excellent analysis of claims from both sides of the debate.
- The UK in a Changing Europe
Evidence-based research to provide people with impartial information about the EU. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and based at King’s College London, the group boasts an impressive list of “explainers” who provide unbiased insights and analysis about UK-EU relations. Led by Professor Anand Menon.
A multi-disciplinary, evidence-based blog run by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Their aim is to inform the debate surrounding the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union with accessible commentary and research.
- Euromyths A-Z
Heard something barmy about Brussels? Chances are it’s just plain wrong. This is an entire blog dedicated to correcting factual inaccuracies published about the EU in the UK press, which sadly often doesn’t let the facts get in the way of a good EU scare story.
- Doorstep EU app
Straight answers to common questions, evidence-based tabloid myth rebuttal and detailed stats about the EU’s impact on the UK. Developed by Richard Corbett, Labour Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire & Humber, who in 2012 was voted the fourth most influential Briton on EU policy. He has also authored academic textbooks on the EU, so he knows what he is talking about!
- Lawyers-IN for Britain report
Lawyers-IN are a group of lawyers who believe a sensible judgement on EU membership can only be made on the basis of reliable evidence. To that end they created a detailed report on the UK’s relationship with the EU from the most reputable sources they could find. Their overall conclusion is that the UK is better off staying in the EU, but they have put their report online so anyone can access the information and decide for themselves.
- EU Law Analysis
Steve Peers is a Professor of EU law and one of the key experts consulted by, amongst others, Fullfact and the BBC to verify claims made by both sides throughout the referendum. On his blog he has investigated issues from the impact of a Brexit on UK expats living in the EU, to carefully dissecting the fibs and scaremongering of the leave campaign; from Turkey joining, to us all being pressed into an EU army.
You can follow many of these groups on Twitter via our Twitter list.
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