Most of the big decisions you make come down to your gut instinct. You can do all the research you like, look at the pros and cons, what is right and wrong and listen to what other people think but the final say is down to you. The EU referendum is one of those big decisions.
Across the UK people are very divided - even some families and households. There is no doubt many feel very strongly and will use every tactic in the book to make you think their way. We have had classic examples recently particularly with the Treasury and Chancellor weighing in. Then we had Barack Obama and the unions - each with their own motives. Barack's prime consideration - the US/EU trade deal he wants signing (plus doing a fellow world leader a favour, right on "queue".) And the unions: Bernard Jenkin MP has alleged that the watered down trade union reforms were in return for £1.7million pro-EU help and that this has also given Labour an £8 million boost by delaying political funding changes.
I was pleased to welcome people from across Lincolnshire to my public discussion event in Bicker, near Boston. Discussions on a boad range of topics touched upon our relationship with Europe, migration and agriculture. All these topics are high on peoples agenda here in rural Lincolnshire. Whatever the outcome in June I shall seek to do more of these sorts of events to give people the opportunity to have a face-to-face discussion with their MEP on issues that affect them.
Watch Andrew talk about this important issue. "It is unacceptable for the EU to meddle with what we - and other member states - teach in our classrooms,"
EU plans to press ahead with its bid to dictate curriculum in schools across Europe have been condemned by East Midlands Euro MP Andrew Lewer MBE.
Speaking ahead of next week's (Tuesday 12) Strasbourg Plenary session that will push through the proposal Andrew Lewer said: "This is yet another example of the EU-project attempts to secure further power and influence over our lives - now to include our schools."
For information: Andrew has issued the following comment from the European Parliament building in Brussels after requests from the local media.
"These are deeply troubling events which have been designed to cause maximum injury and misery. Staff have witnessed smoke pouring from the Metro onto the road and injured people emerging from staircases. The Metro Station that has been attacked is very close to the Parliament; I walked past it just 20 minutes before the bomb went off.
Brussels is alive with the sounds of sirens and security is at the highest level in all parliament buildings, with armed soldiers on the streets and around prominent buildings.
My heart goes out to all the many victims and their families affected by these atrocities."
Both of your Conservative MEPs and your Conservative MP have declared for "Leave" now. Across the East Midlands from Kettering to Buxton I have tried to explain my stance. I have been pleased not only with the understanding and support for my decision but also a clear desire to ensure that this issue - huge and emotive though it is - does not damage us as a party. We need to ensure that it does not put at risk the achievement of our winning a majority government, especially with the sort of Labour Party we now have to keep defeating.
Andrew was delighted to visit consumer and trade organisation CAMRA's Winter Ale Festival, one of two annual flagship events it runs. This is the final year the event will be in the East Midlands for a while as it prepares to move on to another region. Held in the Roudhouse at Derby College, where it has been for the third year in a row, the event was attended by many real ale fans and supported by local breweries, including Derbyshire brewer Thornbridge.
Andrew said, "Real brewers make a tremendous contribution to the East Midlands economy and it is so good to see these flagship events in the region. It undelines the growing importance that this sector now makes to tourism too, not only by having these events but the breweries themselves being key attractions."
A controversial, multi-million euro museum focusing on recent European history has been branded a "disgraceful waste of money" by East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE.
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A major UK initiative to help detect missing children is being backed by East Midlands MEPs Emma McClarkin and Andrew Lewer MBE, who said it could help protect the 1 million youngsters who go missing across Europe each year.
East Midlands Euro MP Andrew Lewer MBE is speaking out in a bid to call a halt to the EU's attempts for further power and influence - including over our schools.