EU Referendum and Renegotiation


  • The EU is heading in a direction we never signed up to – it’s too big, too bossy and too interfering. The EU is not working for Britain – it must change.

  • That is why, as outlined in the government’s manifesto, the Prime Minister is renegotiating a better deal for Britain in Europe so that we stay in a reformed European Union. The government wants to see a new settlement: one that will make Europe a more dynamic continent to ensure it delivers prosperity and security for all of the people within it, not just for those in Britain. This includes cracking down on benefit tourism and tightening the rules for migrants; securing more trade, but not an ‘ever closer union’; a greater role for national parliaments and improving competiveness across the European Union. 

  • Changes will be put to the British people in a straight In/Out referendum by the end of 2017. The Prime Minister has said he rules nothing out, but in the end it will be for the British people to decide whether to stay or leave. 

The Conservative Government is doing this by: 

  • Holding a renegotiation. As the Prime Minister laid out in his letter to President Tusk, this is focused on the following four principles: 

  • Economic governance

  • Competitiveness

  • Sovereignty

  • Immigration

  • Giving the British people a voice and a real choice on Europe. There will be an in/out vote on the UK’s membership of the European Union by the end of 2017.