Foreign Affairs Committee - First Report
The future of the European Union: UK Government policy

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 21 May 2013.



Terms of Reference

Conclusions and recommendations

1 Introduction

Our inquiry

Inquiry terms of reference, scope and timing

Government and Conservative Party EU policy

Government policy

Balance of Competences Review

Structure of Report

2 UK influence in the EU and the December 2011 European Council

UK influence in the EU

UK influence in the EU: the December 2011 European Council as case study

UK diplomacy

The significance of December 2011: differing interpretations

The impact of the December 2011 veto on UK influence in the EU

3 The Eurozone and the EU

Government policy

Assumptions about Eurozone integration

Eurozone enlargement

Eurozone integration: a risk for the UK?

The Eurozone and the Single Market

The Eurozone and other EU policy areas

Government stance towards an integrating Eurozone

A case study: the Single Supervisory Mechanism

Eurozone integration and the TSCG: inside or outside the EU?

4 The Prime Minister's agenda: reform, renegotiation, referendum

EU reform

Pre-Bloomberg speech

Post-Bloomberg speech

"New settlement" for the UK?

EU responses

Questions: process and timings

Flexible integration: the EU's West Lothian question?

'In/out' referendum

Uncertainty impact?

What would 'out' mean?

5 The Single Market and the EU: Norwegian and Swiss options

'Two-tier' models

6 Conclusions: maintaining UK influence in the EU

Maintaining UK influence in the EU


Annex 1: Selected developments in Government EU policy, 2010-2013

Annex 2: Selected scheduled events in the EU, 2013-2018

Annex 3: Flexible integration in and around the EU, 2013

Annex 4: Possible future steps in the EU: do they require EU Treaty amendment?

Annex 5: Abbreviations and glossary

Annex 6: Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Berlin, Oslo and Berne, October 2012

Annex 7: Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Brussels and Paris, November 2012

Formal Minutes


List of written evidence

Oral and Written Evidence

26 June 2012

10 July 2012

11 September 2012

6 February 2013

Written Evidence


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