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UK Membership of EC

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will (a) make and (b) place in the Library an assessment of the effects on the UK of membership of the EU since 1973. (125538)

The Government’s assessments of the positive effects on the UK of EU membership have been set out on many occasions including in Parliamentary debates, speeches and publications. Membership of the EU has brought significant benefits to the UK, for example in terms of wealth, jobs, peace and security. British engagement in Europe is vital to Britain’s national interests and assists us in achieving our policy goals. As part of the EU, the UK is better able to deal with global issues like the environment and world trade, and tackle problems like crime, illegal immigration and terrorism.

As these assessments are already publicly available, including in information on the Government’s www.europe.gov.uk website, the Government have no plans to produce a separate assessment at this time.