Implications of the referendum on EU membership for the UK's role in the world Contents


Terms of reference



1 Introduction

The referendum

Terms of reference and evidence gathered

Purpose and structure of the report

2 The EU as an international actor

The development of EU common foreign and defence policies


Decision-making and powers

3 Stay or go? The next steps

The day after a vote to leave…

Negotiating a new relationship with the EU

Relations with the rest of the world

Managing perceptions of the UK and EU

Effect on Overseas Territories

Challenges and opportunities for the FCO following a “Brexit” vote

The day after a vote to remain…

UK influence?

A tanker or a yacht? The EU’s trade policy

A neighbourhood on fire

Challenges and opportunities for the FCO after a vote to remain

4 Stay or go? The world in 2040

If the UK leaves the EU: a long-term-perspective

Foreign policy cooperation

Defence and security

Decline of the West and rise of the “rest”?

The Commonwealth

The UK as a global trader

A future outside the EU

Remaining in the EU: potential long-term risks and opportunities

The borders of the EU?

Eurozone integration: potential challenges for the UK

A future inside the EU

5 Conclusion

Appendix 1 Inquiry terms of reference

Appendix 2 Written submissions from Vote Leave and Britain Stronger in Europe

Appendix 3 Opening statements from witnesses on 12 April 2016

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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