Russia: UK Membership of EU

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th March 2016.

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Photo of Douglas Chapman Douglas Chapman Scottish National Party, Dunfermline and West Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the Russian government's position on the UK leaving the EU.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

A strong, unified European Union has a critical role to play in responding to Russian aggression in Ukraine, which has challenged stability and security on the continent. The UK has played a leading role in pressing for tough EU sanctions, delivering a cost to Russia for its actions and supporting the full implementation of the Minsk agreements. It is likely that Russia would seek to exploit the UK leaving the EU in order to sow disunity amongst Member States and weaken their resolve. This reinforces the Government’s view that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off remaining in a reformed EU.

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