|Author (Corporate)||United Kingdom: Cabinet Office|
|Series Title||Policy Paper|
|Series Details||March 2016|
|Publication Date||March 2016|
This paper is the first part of the report that the United Kingdom government will publish to meet requirements in the European Union Referendum Act 2015. The second part of this report, which will provide information about the rights and obligations of the UK’s membership of the EU, will be published at a later date.
The paper looked at a number of possible alternatives for the UK’s relationship with the EU, if there were to be a vote to leave. It provided examples of countries that are not members of the EU but have other arrangements with it, specifically Norway, Switzerland, Canada and Turkey. It also looks at a possible relationship based only on World Trade Organisation membership. It set out the main features and implications of each of the key existing models for the relationship, and assesses their suitability for the UK.
The government believed that no existing models outside the EU can provide the same advantages and influence that are got from the UK’s current status inside the EU. The government concluded in an official that Britain would be 'weaker, less safe and worse off' if it left the European Union.
However, Iain Duncan Smith, one of five cabinet ministers campaigning in favour of a vote to leave the EU, said the report misrepresented the Leave case by suggesting Britain could follow the example of other non-EU countries, such as Norway or Switzerland.
He said: 'The truth is, we won't copy any other country's deal. We will have a settlement on our own terms - and one that will return control of our borders, and money to Britain. That's the safer choice'.
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|