MPs debated the economic benefits of UK membership of the EU

15 June 2016

MPs debated the economic benefits of UK membership of the EU in the House of Commons on Wednesday 15 June 2016.

The debate was moved by Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr Philip Hammond, responded on behalf of the Government.

MPs agreed the following Motion on division (Division No. 21: Ayes: 257 votes, Noes: 0 votes)

"That this House believes that the UK needs to stay in the EU because it offers the best framework for trade, manufacturing, employment rights and cooperation to meet the challenges the UK faces in the world in the twenty-first century; and notes that tens of billions of pounds worth of investment and millions of jobs are linked to the UK's membership of the EU, the biggest market in the world."

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House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

The Library has published a briefing paper on UK-EU economic relations.

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The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.

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