Hague presses for audit on EU law

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Series Details 28.6.12
Publication Date 28/06/2012
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Article reported that William Hague, the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary (Foreign Minister), wanted to launch a comprehensive audit of the impact of European Union law on Britain in the summer of 2012, an exercise that could fuel a Conservative drive to repatriate powers from Brussels.

Many Conservatives want to go further and hope that a future Tory government will renegotiate a new membership deal with the EU – including the repatriation of powers from Brussels – and put the package to a referendum.

However, David Cameron’s coalition agreement with Nick Clegg’s pro-European Liberal Democrats would make it extremely unlikely that any moves be made before the planned 2015 general election.

Links also discuss the Fresh Start Project: 'Options for Change Green Paper: Renegotiating the UK's relationship with the EU' issued in July 2012.

On the 12 July 2012 the UK Government issued a Command Paper setting up a process to 'examine the balance of the EU’s existing competences'.

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ESO: Background information: Clegg warns on high stakes in EU http://www.europeansources.info/record/clegg-warns-on-high-stakes-in-eu/
ESO: Background information: Eurosceptics admit EU membership 'is in UK interest' http://www.europeansources.info/record/eurosceptics-admit-eu-membership-is-in-uk-interest/
ESO: Background information: The Conservative Party and Europe http://www.europeansources.info/record/the-conservative-party-and-europe-2/
BBC News, 10.7.12: Tory MPs set out demands for return of powers from EU http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18778151
Website: Fresh Start Project http://www.eufreshstart.org/home/
Blog: Conservative Home, 12.7.12: Hague to launch comprehensive audit of how EU affects British life http://conservativehome.blogs.com/thetorydiary/2012/07/hague-to-launch-comprehensive-audit-of-how-eu-affects-british-life.html
BBC News, 12.7.12: William Hague launches full 'audit' of EU law and the UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18810566
EUObserver, 12.7.12: UK promises thorough analysis of EU by 2014 http://euobserver.com/843/116960
UK: FCO: Press Release, 12.7.12: Foreign Secretary statement on the Balance of Competences of the European Union https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-secretary-statement-on-the-balance-of-competences-of-the-european-union?view=PressS&id=787171682
UK: FCO: Assessing the EU’s impact on the UK: Review of the Balance of Competences http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/global-issues/european-union/balance-of-competences-review/
Blog: Nosemonkey's Eutopia, 14.7.12: Why the UK’s “audit” of EU law is a waste of time http://www.jcm.org.uk/blog/2012/07/why-the-uks-audit-of-eu-law-is-a-waste-of-time/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NosemonkeyEurophobia+%28Nosemonkey%27s+EUtopia%29
EurActiv, 18.7.12: UK's Europe 'audit': True debate or eurosceptic vote-winning 'ploy'? http://www.euractiv.com/uk-europe/uk-audit-eu-influence-ploy-appea-news-513946

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