UK Membership of EU

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Douglas Carswell Douglas Carswell UKIP, Clacton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what planning the Government has undertaken on the steps necessary for the UK to withdraw from the EU in the event that the outcome of the EU referendum is a vote to leave.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Government is focused on delivering a successful renegotiation: it believes it can and will succeed in reforming and renegotiating our relationship with the EU and campaigning to keep the UK in the EU on that basis. The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) is confident of achieving this but has said that if we do not achieve the necessary reforms, he rules nothing out.

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