UK Membership of EU

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Kinnock Lord Kinnock Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 27 January (HL Deb, col 190), what were the successful negotiations undertaken by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with other European Union member states which are said to have achieved "some very positive results"; and in each case what were the issues relating to "our relationships with the European Union" which have been discussed and the proposals made by the United Kingdom in such discussions.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), has discussed our EU reform plans with 19 Member States as part of his EU programme of visits. He plans to visit the remaining Member States before the election. The Foreign Secretary has met a range of Presidents, Ministers of Government, Officials, and leaders from Civil Society and business. He has been clear on his desire to seek agreement with our colleagues in the EU on the details of proposed reforms, which will be developed in discussion with Member States in the coming months. In the Foreign Secretary’s discussions he has covered the full range of issues that this Government would like to see reformed in the EU; Fairness, Democratic Accountability, Competitiveness and Migrant Access to Benefits. The Foreign Secretary has found a renewed focus on the economic aspects of the reform agenda, recognition that much of the UK’s reform agenda is now part of EU thinking and the clear message that Member States want the UK to remain in the EU.

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