EU Referendum: News from the Commons

27 April 2016

A referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union will take place on Thursday 23 June 2016.

This page lists recent debates in the House of Commons relating to the EU referendum.

This week in the Commons: 25 - 29 April 2016

Legislation

  • MPs debate motion on EU Referendum: 29 February 2016
    MPs debated a motion to approve the draft European Union Referendum (Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016, which was laid before the House on 22 February 2016.
  • European Union Referendum Act 2015
    The European Union Referendum Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 17 December 2015 and makes provision for the holding of a referendum in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union.

Ministerial statements

Ministerial statements made in the House of Commons relating to the European Union and European affairs:

  • Statement on Government EU Referendum leaflet: 11 April 2016
    Minister of State for Europe, David Lidington, made a statement on Monday 11 April 2016 on the Government EU Referendum leaflet. Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Pat Glass, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
  • Statement on the European Council: 21 March 2016
    Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 21 March 2016 on the European Council. Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
  • Statement on the European Council: 22 February 2016
    Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 22 February 2016 on the European Council. Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
  • Statement on UK EU renegotiations: 3 February 2016
    The Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement in the House of Commons on 3 February 2016 on UK EU renegotiations. Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
  • Statement on European Council: 5 January 2016.
    Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday 5 January 2016 on the recent meeting of the European Council. Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
  • Statement on Europe: Renegotiation: 10 November 2015
    Minister of State for Europe, David Lidington, made a statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday 10 November 2015 on Europe: renegotiation. Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Pat McFadden, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
  • Statement on the European Council: 19 October 2015
    Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a statement in the House of Commons on Monday 19 October 2015 on the recent meeting of the European Council. Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.

    Urgent Questions

    Urgent Questions asked in the House of Commons relating to the European Union and European affairs:

    • Urgent Question on UK's European Convention on Human Rights membership: 26 April 2016
      Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Shadow Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Home Affairs, Alistair Carmichael, on the UK's membership to the European Convention on Human Rights on Tuesday 26 April 2016.
    • Urgent Question on the Privy Council and the EU referendum: 14 March 2016
      Leader of the House, Chris Grayling, responded to an Urgent Question asked by the Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Tom Watson, in the House of Commons on adherence of the rules and conventions of the Privy Council in light of the suspension of collective responsibility in connection with the EU referendum.
    • Urgent Question on EU-Turkey agreement: 9 March 2016
      Minister of State for Europe, David Lidington, responded to an Urgent Question asked by John Redwood, Conservative MP for Wokingham in the House of Commons on what new financial and other obligations apply to the UK in the EU-Turkey agreement.
    • Urgent Question on EU referendum guidance: 29 February 2016
      The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Matthew Hancock, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Bernard Jenkin, Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex in the House of Commons on EU referendum guidance for the Civil Service and special advisors. Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Tom Watson, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.
    • Urgent Question on EU Solidarity Fund: Flooding: 25 February 2016
      James Wharton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (Northern Powerhouse), responded to an Urgent Question on the EU Solidarity Fund: Flooding asked by Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Alex Cunningham MP.
    • Urgent Question on UK's relationship with the EU: 2 February 2016
      Minister of State for European issues and NATO, David Lidington, responded to an Urgent Question asked by the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, in the House of Commons on the proposal for discussion of the UK’s relationship with the European Union, published by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.
    • Urgent Question on Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: 3 November 2015
      Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Thérèse Coffey, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Christopher Chope in the House of Commons on the rationale that was applied in determining which current members of the UK delegation should be reappointed to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Bryant, responded on behalf of the Opposition.

      Debates

      Debates in the House of Commons Chamber and Westminster Hall relating to the European Union and European affairs.

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