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EU: Membership

Volume 692: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 8 May (Official Report, col. 1263), which specific studies already available in the United Kingdom support their view that the costs of European Union membership “are far outweighed” by the benefits to the British people. [HL3775]

A number of studies related to the costs and benefits of various aspects of the European Union are available. The Government take account of such studies as part of their approach to European Union policy issues. We continue to believe that the benefits of the European Union to the United Kingdom far outweigh the costs of membership.