EU: UK Membership

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the United Kingdom’s status in exit negotiations under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in the event of a referendum vote to leave the European Union; what areas any such negotiations would cover; and whether they would cover the United Kingdom’s continuing access to European Union trade agreements with third parties.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

No such assessment has been made. This Government believes it is in the UK’s best interest to be a member of a reformed EU that is more competitive, flexible and democratically accountable. The Government will continue to make that case vigorously as we progress with our reform proposals.

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