Britain and the EU

What would the impact be if Britain withdrew from the EU?

ICAS, in accordance with the public interest mandate in its Royal Charter, seeks to inform public debates on important issues which affect its members and the business sector. We do so in an apolitical way, to facilitate better informed decisions on matters of importance to business and society.

Britain's membership of the EU is a key issue for 2015. David Cameron has promised that if the Conservative Party wins the General Election he will hold a referendum on whether the UK should stay within the EU or leave. EU membership is therefore an issue for debate in the run up to the general election. Often such debate appears to be lacking in balance and in factual information, and the purpose of this paper is to:

Illustrate how EU policy impacts UK policy and legislation; Highlight the possible impact on business of any decision to stay in, or leave, the EU; and Help the electorate make informed decisions.

This paper sets out some of the background to how the EU impacts the UK, drawn from the views of our expert committees and members.

Download: What would the impact be if Britain withdrew from the EU? PDF [139 KB]

The impact of the EU on British Business - Results of a survey of ICAS members in business

This short paper reports on the results of a survey of ICAS members working in UK businesses which was undertaken in March 2015 – on how they saw the EU impacting on their business and therefore what impact the possible withdrawal from the EU might have.

Download: The impact of the EU on British Business PDF [239 KB]

Topics

  • Political landscape
  • Development of the profession

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