Lord Taylor of Warwick – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Lord Taylor of Warwick on 2016-03-03.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the results of a poll of members of the Federation of Small Businesses showing that over half of respondents felt uninformed about the EU membership referendum and needed more information.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe

In line with the European Union Referendum Act 2015 and commitments made in the Houses of Parliament, the Government is publishing several public information documents ahead of the Referendum. Three of these have already been published and cover: the renegotiation settlement and the Government’s opinion thereof, the process for withdrawing from the EU in line with Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, and examples of countries that do not have membership of the European Union but do have other arrangements with the European Union. An upcoming statutory paper will also outline the rights and obligations entailed by membership of the EU.

Additionally, the Chancellor has also announced that the Treasury will publish before 23 June a comprehensive analysis of our membership of a reformed EU and the alternatives, including the long-term economic costs and benefits of EU membership and the risks associated with an exit.