The Foreign Affairs Committee publishes report representing the full spectrum of opinion on the question of the UK’s continuing membership of the European Union.
There are five members declared for 'Leave' and five for 'Remain'. The Chair’s position is currently undeclared.
However, all the members of the Committee have been struck by the desire from the public for an unbiased analysis. By producing a unanimous report, the Committee is able to meet this need. The objective of the report, is to inform the public before their decision on 23 June.
The report encourages voters to consider the long-term consequences of the Referendum decision, regardless of whether the UK stays or leaves, for:
- the UK’s trading relationship with the rest of the EU
- the UK’s trading relationship with the rest of the world
- the UK’s international representation and reputation
- how the EU and the EU’s external policies might develop
Chair of the Committee, Crispin Blunt MP, commented:
"In the country, there is a hunger for reliable, unbiased analysis for the issues that the electorate must confront when making their choice for Britain’s future on the 23 June. I am delighted that the Committee has risen to the challenge of providing this analysis by agreeing a unanimous report.
The referendum offers the British people a once-in-a-generation opportunity to chart a course for the UK’s role in the world. Voters should consider not only the short-term consequences of staying or leaving but the long-term opportunities and challenges.
We received evidence on all sides of the argument, and attached to our analysis are presentations from both campaigns and some of their leading spokesmen."