The best of both worlds: the United Kingdom’s special status in a reformed European Union

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Series Details February 2016
Publication Date 22/02/2016
ISBN 978-1-4741-2882-7
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This document from the United Kingdom government explains why the UK will be stronger, safer and better off by remaining as a member of a reformed EU.

Since the May 2015 general election, the government has worked towards changing the relationship with the European Union in advance of a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.

At the 18 to 19 February 2016 European Council, the government secured a new settlement for the UK in a reformed EU, which is irreversible without our consent. This settlement secures all the UK’s objectives set out by the Prime Minister, and gives the UK a special status within the EU, as well as setting the EU on a path of long-term reform.

This document covers the 4 areas of the settlement:

+ economic governance
+ competitiveness
+ sovereignty
+ welfare

It also looks at how the settlement is legally-binding agreement and covers wider protections and opt-outs. It explains why the UK will be stronger, safer and better off by remaining a member of a reformed EU.

This publication was presented to Parliament in accordance with section 6 of the European Union Referendum Act 2015.

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ESO: In Focus: Brexit - The United Kingdom and the European Union
ESO: Background information: PM's statement following Cabinet meeting on EU settlement: 20 February 2016
GOV.UK: Prime Minister's Office: Speech, 23.02.16: PM speech at O2 on the EU referendum: 23 February 2016

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