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Tuesday, 15th December 2015

UK Government’s Renegotiation of EU Membership: Parliamentary Sovereignty and Scrutiny

Source: House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee (UK)

From the Introduction:

The Government was elected with a manifesto commitment to hold an ‘in/out’ referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, following renegotiation of membership, before the end of 2017. As the Prime Minister stated in the House on 23 March 2015: “In the coming two years, we have the opportunity to reform the EU and fundamentally change Britain’s relationship with it.” The distinction between “reform” of the EU and a “fundamental change” in the UK’s relationship with it was both deliberate and important.

The renegotiation and the outcome of the subsequent in/out referendum will have profound and historic implications for UK citizens and the UK Parliament. We therefore considered it essential for us to scrutinise closely the Government’s renegotiation of the UK’s relationship with the EU, paying particular attention to the legal aspects and to those that relate directly to the powers and role of the UK Parliament.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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